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Eleanor Cross for Lincoln – the carving starts

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The carving of the new Eleanor Cross for Lincoln starts.

Amazing that something of beauty can emerge from within a solid piece of rock – the mantra of the in awe armchair philosopher down the ages when describing a sculpture.

This series of photos shows the start of the carving process. The videos are a short interview with Alan Ward describing the task in hand and one of him doing some carving. On this occasion I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Other Lincoln Eleanor Cross posts

Eleanor Cross for Lincoln – a project of national significance
Eleanor Cross – choosing the stone

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Eleanor Cross statue project – choosing the stone with artist Alan Ward #lincolneleanor

quarry_landscapeChoosing the stone for the new Eleanor Cross for Lincoln project at the CDS quarry in Metheringham Heath.

measuring rock for Eleanor CrossLast week we covered the launch event for the new Eleanor Cross project for Lincoln. It’s been quite a wait to get the right piece of rock to start carving the statue. The quarry is only digging out new rock on a few days a month and often the pieces that come out are not of a suitable size or shape.

Moreover whilst the giant digging equipment that is occasionally brought can handle them the larger “lumps” are difficult to move using the quarry’s onsite kit and have to be carefully drilled to facilitate cutting into manageable sizes.

This first candidate on the right had already been moved into the main quarry working area. It might