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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

The Way

Summary

Type Sculpture

     A symmetrical arrangement of abstract forms in Portland stone either side of a pathway of pebbles.
     Originally exhibited in 1990 under the title of 'Aion' at Gateshead's National Garden Festival, the work was one of ten sculptures featured in the British Rail sponsored 'Time Garden'. Divided into two parts by the River Team the work was intended to symbolise the beginning, stillness and movement of time.(1) In 1994, a year before the 1000th anniversary of St Cuthbert's arrival in Durham, the sculpture was given to the City of Durham on a ten year loan for a site at Windy Hill which has views of the Cathedral in the distance. The sculptor modified the work in certain ways so as make it suitable for this new setting which as he acknowledged in effect gave it an entirely new meaning. 'I wanted (it) to symbolise the life and journey of St Cuthbert, which led in time to his remains being carried to the Durham Peninsula and the building of the Cathedral... The largest gateway, the steps and the two columns all focus, not just on that wonderful building, but also on the idea of the journey of our individual ways through life and the expectations we carry with us.'(2)
    

Inscriptions

Inscribed on bronze plaque: 995 (Durham Coat of Arms) 1995 / THE WAY / HAMISH HORSLEY / THIS SCULPTURE HAS BEEN GENEROUSLY DONATED BY BRITISH RAIL / TO THE CITY OF DURHAM COUNCIL ON LONG-TERM LOAN. IT WAS / ORIGINALLY EXHIBITED AT THE 1990 INTERNATIONAL GARDEN / FESTIVAL, GATESHEAD AND HAS BEEN REMODELLED HERE TO / COMMEMORATE THE THOUSAND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL / OF THE COMMUNITY OF ST. CUTHBERT ON THE DURHAM PENNINSULA / IN 995 AD. / THE CITY COUNCIL GRATEFULLY AKNOWLEDGES THE ASSISTANCE OF / BRITISH RAIL COMMUNITY UNIT THE ORIGINAL COMMISSIONING / AGENTS, THE PUBLIC ART DEVELOPLMENT TRUST, NORTHERN / ARTS AND NORTHERN AGGREGATES LIMITED IN THE SCULPTURE'S INSTALLATION. / IT WAS UNVEILED ON 22ND SEPTERMBER 1994 BY / THE RIGHT WORSHIPFUL / THE MAYOR OF DURHAM / COUNCILLOR W.D. CAVANAGH. M.A. Circular metal plaque on north side of seat: COUNTY DURHAM / 1995 / ENVIRONMENT AWARDS.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Horsley, Hamish Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Portland stone and pebbles 1440cm long x 235cm x 494cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
DUAA41 NE
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road North Road
Precise location Wharton Park, Windy Hill
A-Z ref 138 1B
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1994
Unveiling details Built 1990; resited 1994; unveiled 22nd September 1994
Commissioned by British Rail Community Unit and the Public Art Development Trust
Duty of care Owner: British Railways Board, Custodian: City of Durham Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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