A 62 foot Celtic Cross could soon be greeting motorists as they cross over the Tamar Bridge into Cornwall. It is one of three projects in the South West bidding for £450,000 of lottery funding. Hear our reports and have your say...
The sculpture has been enhanced to over 6ft
The South West version of the 'Angel of the North' could soon be standing proudly beside the Tamar Bridge. A sixty two foot high Celtic Cross is the centrepiece of plans to redevelop a piece of overgrown woodland next to the bridge in Saltash.
The Town Council and Waterfront Residents Association have applied for £450,000 lottery funding for the work and plans have gone on show in Saltash Guildhall.
The Angel of the North itself was designed by artist Anthony Gormley. It was erected on a site next to the A1 in February 1998 and it is seen by around 33 million people each year. The Angel is 20m (65 feet) tall and has a wingspan of 54m (175 feet).
The cross designed by Simon Thomas
The slightly smaller Cornish version has been designed by Fowey sculptor Simon Thomas:
"The surface of the piece is covered in copper which reflects Cornwall's involvement in that. Originally this was a millennium project.
"I researched the Celtic Cross, and I found the Welsh and the Cornish ones were narrower than the Scottish and Irish ones. Hopefully if all goes well with the public consultation and the funding application we will now see it."
Art can often prove controversial but Simon Thomas hopes that it would prove beneficial for the area. The initial reaction from people living in Saltash has been mixed.
Jenny Bailey from Grimsby says:
Being 1/2 cornish of which I'm mighty proud I'll look forward to the celtic cross greeting me on my arrival next time in Cornwall.
Clive Price-Jones from Helston says:
I think it is a brilliant idea and welcomes you to a 21st Century Cornwall
John from Camborne says:
I support the idea fully, but why couldn’t the cross look like a Traditional Celtic cross? I think the modern design looks silly, its faux Celtic. There are plenty of crosses in Cornwall representing thousands of years of culture and history why the need to alter it to look modern?
Ginny Clarke from Saltash says:
An excellent idea. Cornwall is a beautiful and dramatic county and deserves such a landmark to grace the Tamar Bridge and act as a symbol of this wonderful area.
Jack from Saltash says:
I like the idea of a great sculpture, but this is not Gormley. A rather dull symbol of the dead past in both its Celticness and its Crossness. Let's spend the money on forward looking, inspirational art.
E McNicholas from St Austell says:
It looks very good.
last updated: 14/10/2009 at 07:40
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