Phil Townsend

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Title:  ‘In the Rays of the Sun’

Location:  Stanley, Co Durham, 2005

Materials:  Cream and orange sandstone 

Description:  A pair of marker stones designed for the approaches to the ex-mining town of Stanley uses the often repeated symbolism of the pithead wheel in a fresh way. The spokes of such a wheel were carved into the faces of two large blocks of orange-brown sandstone which act as backdrops to two more detailed carvings in a paler stone, each with a circular element placed at the centre of the ‘wheel’ so that the spokes may be viewed as the rays of the sun. The smaller slabs carry the town’s name and symbols of regeneration, leisure and wildlife.