Northumberlandia: Lady of the North


NorthumberlandiaNorthumberlandia is a human-shaped landform sculpture of a reclining lady set in a 46 acre community park near Blagdon. The sculpture is made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, it is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long. It was built by the Banks Group and partners and work started in 2010 as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine. Northumberlandia was designed by architect and artist Charles Jencks and inspired by the nearby Cheviot Hills.[1] Northumberlandia was opened by Princess Anne on 29th August 2012.

Northumberlandia (the "Lady of the North") is a huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure, which was completed in 2012, near Cramlington, Northumberland, northern England.

Made of 1.5 million tonnes of earth, it is high and long, set in a public park. Its creators claim that it is the largest land sculpture in female form in the world.

It is intended to be a major tourist attraction with the developers hoping that it will attract an additional 200,000 visitors a year to Northumberland. It was officially opened by Princess Anne on 29 August 2012. A day-long Community Opening Event on 20 October 2012 marked the park becoming fully open to the public.

It has been nicknamed "Slag Alice" by some.

Development

Designed by American landscape architect Charles Jencks,

the sculpture was built on the Blagdon Estate, owned by Matt Ridley, a journalist, businessman and author of The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature.

The £2.5 million cost was borne by the Blagdon Estate and the Banks Group, who carried out the construction work. The construction is part of the development of an adjacent open-cast coal mine at Shotton. For this project, it was decided to use part of the excavated material to make a land sculpture rather than return it all to the surface mine, as is normally done at the end of such operations.

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