Good Morning Everyone,
This is a very interesting site but one that is very difficult to capture well at ground level.
Northumberlandia is a stunning, human sculpture of a reclining lady made from 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil. It is a long, sinuous form, a living part of the countryside that will mature, evolve and change with each season. Here, you can see her face against the skyline.
The sculpture was made as a restoration of the land surface created by the nearby Shotton Surface mine. In fact, from the top of the statue, you can see the Shotton Surface Mine and its large machinery, still working. I commented to my husband that there would be enough slag and debris to create a male sculpture next, but his reply was that no amount of slag would be enough to create a MAN! Ha! Ha!
If you follow this link, you will be able to see a set of moving photographs of the site.
It is certainly a place worth a visit. Whilst we were there, the weather changed from sunshine to showers and the sculpture did take a different mood.
There is a lovely café on site and an attractive beech wood.
I will add another photograph here of the sculpture as a w/s.
Have a lovely week, Bev :-)
I see this is a first! I hope it will inspire others to visit this unique place.
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photographer_sg (4414) 2014-07-21 1:39
This is indeed a unique work of art and though your photograph captures a part of it, the overall effect is quite attractive. The few people at the left give an idea of the scale. It must indeed be a unique experience to observe the changing colours and moods at different times of the day and different weathers. Is there a vantage point from where the entire sculpture is visible?
Thanks for sharing and also the note.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-21 2:41
I never knew about this fascinating and amazing land sculpture until today and your superb post. It looks wonderful from this angle and is such a unique idea to make it from all the mining waste. Loved the "slag" comment too - made me smile! TFS.
Have a good week - B.
holmertz (54235) 2014-07-21 3:52
I don't think I had ever heard of this strange and fascinating sculpture before. It's clearly not so easy to take photographs here but we still get a fairly good idea from your pictures. Reading the interesting link I realize this is a very new project, so it's only reasonable that I didn't know about it. In due time it may become a well known landmark.
williewhistler (16398) 2014-07-21 3:55
unsurprisingly this is the first time that I was aware of this amazing piece of reclamation work,judging by the size of the people outlined on the skyline it`s massive and well worth a visit at any time of the year.
I do like this view of the head which is clearly discernable against the summer sky.
Perhaps the authorities in Cornwall could do something similar with all those china clay waste tips...
Have a great day, Les.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-21 4:00
This is definitely a unique place! The people on the path add a nice sense of scale for the scene. Your light management is fine yielding fine sharpness and detail.
snunney (100656) 2014-07-21 4:23
This is certainly a new one on me and a very creative way of disposing of the spoil from the opencast workings. You have captured it very nicely from this angle and with some judicious framing. The people are useful creating a good sense of scale. I like your husband's sense of humour:-)
Sergiom (81703) 2014-07-21 5:22
Il faut bien regarder à deux fois pour apercevoir la tête dans ce paysage. Le point de vue donne encore plus d'ampleur à l'ensemble.Le nez est vraiment spectaculaire.
jhm (154490) 2014-07-21 5:25
You took these picture out of a low position, this gives a great volume to these picture.
Also good perspective and depth picture of these extraordinary place.
You create a very pleasant picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
berek (50504) 2014-07-21 7:08
a very impressive landscapes. Thank you for explanatory notes.
Nicou (144200) 2014-07-21 8:20
quel champs tout en vert superbe compo et ces formes comme un châpeau rond et un sommet aussi rond superbe compo bien vu l'effet.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (31628) 2014-07-21 11:41
This is why I love this site, learning about cool places like this! That an old industrial landscape can be turned into something so unique and beautiful is just amazing. I can see her face quite clearly here, and its so cool to have a record like worlds largest land sculpture. I love that the angle you chose allows us to see her eyes, and some of her personality too.
Very nice post :) Thanks as always
ChrisJ (115493) 2014-07-22 10:39
I wonder what archaeologists will make of this in 2000 years time? Was it a tumulus for a forgotten great Queen of England? An amusement park or some such. Fantastic greenery with agood upward pov. The people add scale. Tfs!
nikkitta (17066) 2014-07-22 15:38
What an interesting place and also WS, like it changes with the weather, never see so kind of work
Good way to present it (good WS) with her and people silhouettes on the horizon
Well done, regards
Good tip about a cafe on the place
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (39660)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-13
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-21 1:21