Statue In Peterlee, County Durham
Designed by local sculpturer Ray Lonsdale, this statue Horns could be the Angel Of Durham.
On a visit to Horns Garden Centre, Shotton, your head will be turned by the dummy in The NCB tub, and various other models/sculptures/installations.
My initial purpose to visit was The Durham Angel But there were lots of bonuses as there is a beautiful pond, a nice cafe, shop and amenities.
The Durham Angel is the work of Ray Lonsdale who puts emotion and poignancy to his art, usually with a Poem as in this case.
'Horns' ( Durham Angel)
Do you live a good life that's Hard to bear, for wings?
Or take the easy route and get a monkey for your sins?
The dilemma of what to wear on your back..
This is one of Ray's earliest works in the area. Commissioned by the owners of Horns Garden Centre and installed in 2004. Originally Ray was asked to do a copy of the Angel of the North, but with his creativeness this Masterpiece transpired (It reminds me of the 1890 painting 'Lucifer' Franz Stuck).
Later Ray became world famous with Eleven O One 'Tommy' at Seaham.
I had to have a cheeky look behind to check the anatomy was correct.
On to the technical stuff and it is 2x life size so it is 12 foot high and has a wingspan of 22 feet made of a mosaic of metal sheeting.
In Spring and Summer the pond was brimming with swans, moorhens, ducks and ducklings. So there was an extra cute factor!
Contributed by Rosalind Parker
Thanks for reading through and getting to the end of this post. I enjoy exploring the Fabulous North (Especially as a Southerner residing up North). I like 'snippets' of information, and more so, if they are obscure, amusing or meaningful. The photographs are taken on a mobile phone, without any enhancements.More Places from Rosalind
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