Artist Simon Hitchens has been chosen to create a 55 metre high landmark to Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth in Northumberland.
According to Simon, Ascendant: The Elizabeth Landmark has many references to Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth – the first being its name.
The sculpture has been likened to a sun dial, and there will be markings to note the shadows of sunrise and sunset on Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday in April. Adding to this, the number of lateral fins on the side of the monument line up to Queen Elizabeth II’s age.
The viewing area which will accompany the monument will hold information on the Commonwealth, and etched onto the floor will be the symbol of the Commonwealth