After a month of exhibitions in which artists Simon Hitchens, Colin Rose and Peter J. Evans have created proposals for a dramatic piece of public sculpture, Lord Devonport will now select one successful artist to take the proposal forward which will become a destination for tourism in rural Northumberland.
The project, entitled The Elizabeth Landmark, is the brainchild of Lord Devonport, architect and landscape architect, known in Northumberland for his regeneration of the Ray Estate rebuilding farms, creating livestock shelters and replanting thousands of native trees.
Lord Devonposrt said: “As longest serving Monarch of 66 years Queen Elizabeth has moved the Commonwealth into an equal and voluntary group of states, which share language, history and culture that unifies them under values of democracy and free speech.”
With some 1,000 people visiting and leaving comments through the project website and some 300 people participating in the local exhibitions and discussions at Kirkwhelpington, Otterburn and West Woodburn – the time has now come to take the project to the next phase.
The inspiration for the project, which will encompass a landmark as well as walking trails, is the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the way in which she has led The Commonwealth since her Coronation in 1952 and performed her duties as monarch for sixteen Commonweath countries. The landmark will celebrate unity, diversity and the shared heritage between The Commonwealth of Nations that has flourished under Queen Elizabeth II.
The Elizabeth Landmark will seek to create a 60m high structure which will be situated atop Cold Law, a domed hill on Lord Devonport’s Ray Estate, surrounded by the parishes of Corsenside, Otterburn, Bavington, Kirkwelpington, and Elsdon.