This new design in south east Northumberland is the world's largest human form to be sculpted into a landscape. It seems at first like a landmark for landmark sake but there is more behind the project. The idea is to utilise and showcase the skill of the mining industry, which is a big part of the area's history. It has turned soil and clay from Shotton Surface Mine into public art and community space.
Northumberlandia is a prominent land mass that will turn the heads of motorists going down the A1 and will be visible from flights landing in Newcastle airport. It could be considered false to rearrange nature in this way but then what landscape isn't sculpted and looked after? A park doesn't just look like a park naturally, yet it offers a great outdoor space for people of all ages to enjoy. This project can do the same.
The most striking thing about the design is the maddona-esque conical boobs. It is an interesting choice for an open tourist spot and is bound to attract some comments and giggles. The artist Charles Jencks is following in the footsteps of many artists before him to use the female form as inspiration. Charles chose the human body as his inspiration as he feels it is something: "People quite unconsciously empathise with'. He has attempted to unite the human form and the natural undulations of hills and the valleys into one condensed space. With controversy, innovation, and green credentials Northumberlandia will have all the makings of a modern tourist landmark when it opens later this year.