2017-09-22

Northumberlandia, The Lady of the North

The landscape of Cramlington in the English region of Northumberland houses the largest female sculpture in the world.  Known as The Lady of the North , it is, according to its creators, the greatest replica of the female body sculpted on a landscape. Its design, and that of the surrounding parcel called Northumberlandia , are the work of the American Charles Jencks , and the construction was carried out in two years being completed in 2013.

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The land used, a million and a half tons, was extracted from the Shotton Surface mine, forming a series of mounds up to 34 meters high, which seen from the right perspective reveal the figure of a woman lying 400 meters long. The inspiration for the curved forms of the landscape was taken from the nearby Cheviot hills, which can be seen in the distance from the top of the mounds.

The construction was carried out in several layers, with a rock base covered by clay. Some of the features of the female body are highlighted with stone structures, and the whole set forms a kind of outdoor park with almost seven kilometers of winding paths and interspersed lakes that help to delineate the shape of the figure.
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Lady of the North


Funded in part by the mine owners, the aim was to help offset the damage caused by coal mining, and to turn it into a tourist attraction to help the area economically. In fact the open-pit mine is integrated into the complex, and can be seen from the top of the main mound.

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It is not the only project of its kind by Jencks, who has become one of the world's foremost landscape architects. Other works of his in the UK include the Garden of Cosmic Speculation and the Multiverse of Crawick . The latter has many similarities with the Lady of the North , but adopting the style of the megalithic monuments. It actually includes two stone circles representing the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy.

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