Art In Cramlington, Northumberland
A polished and lacquered aluminium shroud set in the nature reserve.
The shroud or Capella is a part of a series of exhibits as part of an art trail funded through the Lottery and was curated by Inspire, the South East Northumberland Public Art Initiative. The nearby Cramlington Spoon is also part of this trail.
Created by Paula Chambers it is a polished and lacquered aluminium shroud. The term Capella is the technical word for a wayside shrine and also meaning cloak.
Wayside shrines are found by the roadside all over the world, traditionally at important points of any journey (cross roads, hazardous stretches) as resting points, a chance to pray for a safe journey or to give thanks for a difficult journey completed.
The Cappella shroud is large enough for a person to stand inside and the mirror polished finish not only reflects the individual inside the Cappella but also reflects the surrounding landscape, presenting the viewer with a dazzling spectacle suggesting that, all is without is also within.
Need a bit more of a hand to find it? Here is an easy 3 mile walk taking in both the Spoon and the Shroud.
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The parking marker is right on the junction for the path you need to take. Head down the path marked by a finger post then after a few hundred metres go left at a clear junction. The shroud is a few hundred metres down here.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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