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