We were at the public opening of Northumberlandia on Wednesday. Eyes wide open and reclining on her back, just next to the Shotton opencast coal mine (near Cramlington, Northumberland), she is a giantess made from 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil.


From her forehead looking towards her feet.

Her body came from the earth – from the open cast mine close by.

Local wits are already calling her, ‘Slag Alice’.

Her right hand rests in a new lake, she points towards the west (I think).

The image on her brow.

Flying kites from her right breast.

She was designed by the architect and artist Charles Jencks. He drew inspiration from the landform of the Cheviots that dominate the Northumberland horizon. She is the largest art form on Earth.

About Harry Nicholson

I once bred Beveren rabbits in all colours. Today, I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. On Amazon is my novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' Recently I published memoirs of my time in the Merchant Navy: 'The Best of Days' and 'You'll See Wonders" I've a blog of poems, stories and art at:
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10 Responses to Northumberlandia

  1. It looks a wonderful place to visit. Architecture moulded into natural landscapes. Very interesting.

  2. Bristo Jiu says:

    love the wild mountains and landscapes.

    hope all is well…check out poets rally today, you are mentioned.

  3. Wow this is amazing!! And so fascinating too! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. ktb99 says:

    Very interesting. You do get around

    • We do get about, Kathleen – Leith is next and then perhaps London. May you have a lovely voyage across the Pacific.

      • ktb99 says:

        Watch the police in Leith! I need some help from you about this Word Press blogging. My friends cant seem to log in. Janet gave up so you could help her too, if and when you see her. I thought it would save me time to do a blog instead of individual e-mails. So hope you follow my blog. I sent an invite to you both, but you are not following yet!

  5. By! She’s a big lass!
    The landowner’s website is worth a visit for more background:

  6. vivinfrance says:

    Some of the angles in your pictures are truly astonishing. My favourite is her looking down her nose!

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