So as promised here are a few sunny pictures from our walk along the river in Durham last week, in the pic above you can just see the very top of Durham Cathedral
behind the trees. Then if you look really closely you should be able to spot a stone throne
on the river bank below the cathedral?
Here's a closer look...
It is a public sculpture created by the sculptor Colin Wilbourn
in 1988 when he was artist in residence at the cathedral. Although when I first saw it I just assumed that it had been made with reclaimed sculptures found within the grounds of the cathedral itself, but of course I was wrong. If any few hundred year old carvings were found in such good condition as this I'm sure they wouldn't be left out on the river bank to be weathered by the elements?!
Even so, I am absolutely fascinated with all these wonderful faces (as was my camera which kept doing the face recognition thingy, much to my amusement!) as it reminds me of one of my most favourite childhood (and adulthood) films - Labyrinth
I'm wondering if it was in any way influenced by the film which was released in 1986, two years before this sculpture was put on display. My suspicions were raised by this last picture of a face hidden at the very bottom amongst all the weeds, surely I'm not the only one who thinks it bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the talking door knockers
(the one on the right with the ring in it's mouth)?! Maybe a 'homage' to the film or maybe it is just me?!