Simon Hitchens, Ascendant: The Elizabeth Landmark
Sculpture: Corten weathering steel. Rock Slot: Cut from the carboniferous sandstone bedrock
“To have the opportunity to design a landmark sculpture to be placed in this raw and beautiful landscape is undoubtedly a challenge and a privilege that I wholeheartedly relish. The success of the sculpture will grow from a sensitivity to land and place: born in form, material and presence from the majestic geography that supports it.”
My public sculptures resonate strongly with the history and geography of their location: not simply the importing of polite, good design, but rather an integrated catalyst that builds connections and local pride.
I have a hands on approach to making sculpture, born out of a fascination with materials and processes. This enables me to deliver unique and often ground-breaking sculpture that is sensitive to its surroundings, creating lasting relationships between art and place.
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The form, materials and siting of this landmark sculpture have been inspired by the rugged and undulating landscape in which it sits. Made from robust weathering steel, this elevated slice of hillside has the elegance of an aerodynamic form and references the rich history of local iron ore mining. Lateral fins which change in pitch, size and frequency catch the sun, creating shadows and a sense of perspective and movement. Take a unique walk into the Northumbrian landscape by entering Cold Law hill itself, viewing geological time as bedrock rises above you and then find respite at the hilltop shelter.