Out of that suggestion came the commission for Sitting Stone. The following quotation was selected: ‘that loveliest of lakes, UIllswater, curving gracefully into the far distance’. This would be carved around the profile of the lake. Two rounded hollows would also be carved to form comfortable seats.
The next stage was to get a suitable stone – a big stone! I had contacts with a lakeland quarry and managed to source a suitable ‘clog’ of Elterwater slate. Unfortunately if I wanted the quarry to dress the stone I would have to wait 2 years plus – so it was going to be down to me to fettle the stone – all one and half tonnes of it!
Here are some images of the stone being delivered to my place.
Now almost 2 years later the stone has bedded into the landscape and is very much sat upon – much to my satisfaction.
I am happy to report that the stone has become a popular feature on the local fells, often featured in scenic photoshots in the local press.
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