Friday, 19 September 2008

Immense

Penshaw Monument stands on a hill 136 metres above sea level, and is itself 20 metres high. I am just over 1.5 metres tall. So, whenever I visit, pulling up in the car at the bottom of the hill, walking up the hill and standing at the monuments feet, I am awed by it's size.

7 comments:

Bill of Ballaugh said...

These drawings of Penshaw Monument bring back many happy memories. Remember when we lived just below it? I used to take you three girls for walks up the hill after school, and at weekends, to give your Mum a break. I was often in trouble on our return for bringing you back covered in dust, mud, grass stains, et al. Happy days! Now it's you three who take me for a walk.

Melanie Rimmer said...

My memories of Penshaw monument are about using it as a landmark showing we had almost arrived at nana's house. We would have a competition - the first person to spot the monument would get a small prize. We three girls would peer out of the windows trying to spot it. I think sometimes mum and dad had us searching for it all the way from Scotch Corner, just to keep up quiet.

Yellow said...

Penshaw is packed full of memories for me too, and I bet it's the same for hunderds and thousands of people who live in the North East.

Gesa said...

This is a great composition - the roof of the monument is rather strict/stern but with the sky in the back it's getting a lot more painful.

Yellow said...

That's something I'm looking at; the static solid structure against the fleeting sky. There'll be more studies based on that relationship to come.

Gesa said...

hehehe... just noticed the 'painful' rather than 'playful', good one, that one...
But I also wondered: in some ways the sky is far more solid - not fleeting (though changeable) - than the architecture which can crumble; may be worthwhile inverting that solid/fleeting relationship?

Yellow said...

Yes, Gesa, swapping these roles of solidity and inconsistancy could create interesting images. I like the idea.

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