In 2015 Storm Desmond created havoc in a little Cumbrian village called Pooley Bridge by washing away its 18th century arched stone bridge over the river Eamont. It was not until 2020 that the village got a replacement, a new elegant single-span steel bridge. To commemorate that I was commissioned to produce a suitable sculpture.

The idea that was accepted was to use a large chunk of slate weighing several tonnes. The top would be carved to echo the profile of the nearby fells (a Cumbrian term for hills or mountains) with some parts polished to encourage people to stroke it and add to the patina. The face of the slate would be prepared to take a carved inscription about the old bridge and the new one. I called it Crag Stone.

Here are some images showing the process involved in creating Crag Stone from a large ‘clog’ of Elterwater slate.