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'The work began as one of a series of carvings loosely based on simple organic forms such as the melon or marrow. In order to create a completely 'full' form about to burst, the shape was further refined by the 'sanding' down with various grits of wet and dry paper until completely smooth. The form, through the tactile handling, then began to suggest a 'falling away' much greater than its own physical dimension and the idea of the hilltop or horizon was established by the simple outline. The 'mark', or fossil-like piece of stone attached to the top provided the drama and focus that is sometimes keenly felt within the natural landscape when faced with a large boulder or tree stump that commands our attention immediately in front of us, in contrast to the feeling of space behind.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries







Ancaster limestone


H 26 x W 49 x D 12 cm;
Plinth: H 74.6 x W 48.8 x D 50 cm

Accession number

NAS 7396

Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1991

Work type



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