Phil Townsend

Diverse Sculpture

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Title:  Roman Legionary

Location:  Lanchester , Co Durham, 2008

Materials:  Buff sandstone 

Description:  Commissioned to mark the opening of a new ‘Looking for Romans’ circular path around the small town of Lanchester, which has origins as a Roman fort sited on the road between York and Hadrian’s Wall. The full sized figure incised into the stone depicts a fearsome but tired looking legionary, with his heavy pack and array of weapons, marching northward to the wild border country. The carving is picked out in Roman Red stone paint for clarity.