Made from slate from the Delabole Slate Quarry, Cornwall
Slate is formed by the transformation of sedimentary clays, compressed over millions of years by rocks above. Its layered structure can be easily split apart into thin, flat slabs like those in Houghton Cross. The slate quarries in Delabole, Cornwall still use traditional methods of working slate, such as hand splitting, alongside modern mechanized techniques. These large, jagged-edged slabs suggest something not deliberately worked but split apart through impact or blast. They are set into the ground partially upright and at odd angles to each other, creating a dynamism which is at odds with the formal structure of the cross.
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x MARKS THE SPOT
Armies of slates, ragged and jagged, not dove.
Glittering chevaux de frise : You could no more
cross it without laceration than cross a field
bristling with barbed wire.
Not Calvary. Not Tau, and not Swastika.
X marks the spot.
Lord of the Four Winds. His lair.
Resting-place for skulls of kings and heroes.
Station. Boundary marker. Fiery not weeping.
Is this nightmare or clean sweep? A dawn
Cross your fingers. Everything. Cross your heart.
by Kevin Crossley-Holland
NOTE: How much does the shape, material and situation (in a beautiful formal garden) of this piece matter?
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