Artist Simon Hitchens has been chosen to create a 55 metre high landmark to Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth in Northumberland.
Simon describes Ascendant: The Elizabeth Landmark as if a giant has taken a slice out of the hill at Cold Law, Northumberland, and elevated the slice, pointing up to the sun at its zenith on Midsummer’s Day.
The slice in the hill creates a void. If the sculpture was to be set back into the hill, it would disappear, as it is precisely the shape of the void.
Simon has chosen corten steel as the material for the monument, as it is sturdy enough to stay secure in the windy Northumberland location for centuries.
Corten steel was also chosen for its red-orange hue. After a few years of rusting, the steel will create a patina, a protective layer on its surface. This ‘weathering’ steel essentially makes the sculpture weather-proof.