Phil Townsend

Seating, Way-Markers, Weathervanes, Stiles, etc

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Title:   ‘For the Nature Table’, Aycliffe Way, 50th Anniversary Sculpture Trail

Location:   Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, 1998

Materials:   Elm  

Description:   This waymarker is designed around an imaginary scene from ‘A Far Off Bell’ by Gladys O’Connor, a writer who lived nearby. As a child on her way to school she has stopped to catch some tadpoles for the classroom nature table.  She has crossed the stile, with its signpost, left her satchel on the step, taken off her boots, and left her collecting jar, and her footprints, in the soft mud by the stream’s edge.