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Welsh Slate Standing Stone for Savill Garden – Crown Estates press release

Posted at October 12, 2012 | By : | Categories : Martin's Blog | 0 Comment
Welsh slate hand carved standing stone for Savill Garden

Hand carved poem standing stone at Savill Garden by martin CookThe award winning Rose Garden in The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, has a new feature thanks to the generosity of an anomymous donor. The work is by distinquished sculptor Martin Cook, one of the country's leading stone carvers and letter designers. Some of his major commissions include the stone lettering on the Mountbatten Memorial at 10 Downing Stree, The Bali Bomb Memorial at Horse Guards Road and the lettering for the Great Court of The British Museum. Working in Welsh slate or Portland stone, Martin has created sundials, benches and standing stones which feature in well known gardens across the country.Welsh slate standing stone in The Rose Garden, Savill Garden Windsor

The standing stone, made from Welsh slate, which carries a verse from the Robert Graves poem ‘The cool web’ acts as a destination drawing visitors into the garden and amongst the swathes of scented roses in Summer. The reverse of the standing stone acknlowledges all those involved with the Rose Garden project and records its opening by Her Majesty The Queen on 7th June 2010.
The commission was coordinated by Pat Jordan-Evans, Director of The Bohun Gallery in Henley on Thames, where Martin’s work is regulary exhibited.  Commenting on the piece Patricia said:
‘It is very fitting that Martin’s elegant standing stone should be sited in this innovative and contemporary garden”.