Artwork Title: Common Ground in Sacred Space
Client: Newcastle Cathedral
Designer(s): Harrison Stevens, Edinburgh
Contractors: Classic Masonry, Edinburgh
Manufacturer: IP Surfaces Ltd
Supplier: Hardscape Products Ltd
The aim of the project is to significantly raise the profile of the Cathedral within the City and to make people pause and engage, to provide peace and opportunity for reflection, to help people interact and visit the Cathedral, to learn, understand and feel welcome.
A feature natural stone ribbon has been designed as part of the Common Ground in Sacred Space project to run and ‘flow’ around the perimeter of the building and has been produced at IP Surfaces in Carlow limestone with 3 different textured finishes with an initial flamed effect and then 2 different intensity laser-etching which picks out the contrast of the material when wet and dry. Words of encouragement and affirmation are also laser-etched into the Carlow limestone at intervals along the ribbon.
The Lottery-funded project aims to capture the imagination of visitors and encourage them to enter the Cathedral having contemplated the messages within the ribbon to hopefully see life from a different perspective.