Sunday, 21 March 2010


Temenos from the Greek verb "to cut": a piece of land cut off and assigned as an official domain, especially to kings and chiefs, or a piece of land marked off from common uses and dedicated to a god, a sanctuary, holy grove or holy precinct. [Source]
Today we took a little post-Sunday-lunch drive / stroll to visit the makings of Anish Kapoor's huge 110m x 50m Temenous sculpture in Middlesbrough:

It's a work-in-progress but it's still impressively imposing.
Eventually these wires, once fully strung, will form a twisted tube shape suspended between two giant hoops. [You can read more about it
here and catch up on its latest developments here]. I make no secret of my adoration of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North [see the layout and the blog post!], and I hope that Temenos comes to gain something of the respect and fondness that the angel acquired over time.

Personally, I'm really excited about the whole Tees Valley Giants project and can't wait to see them completed. You might want to start taking bets on when a fully completed Temenos, in all its glory, makes its debut on a layout!

So, should you find yourself visiting me, you now know what I'll be dragging you to see.

What's the one thing you'd want to show off if I dropped by your home town?

J :)


  1. Hi julie I too saw this at the week end and "large golf net?" popped into my head. So I'm waiting for it to be finished before passing judgement,however must point out I lack culture appreciation and desparately need guidence hence why I follow your blog.

  2. :D I don't believe that for a moment! However ... I was just saying yesterday how I quite fancy learning to play drums ... perhaps I should exchange cultural lessons for drumming ones! ;)

  3. I've never had much of a fondness for sculpture - it's something I can't fully appreciate unless I can touch it and museum staff don't really like that!

    You're welcome to come by and visit me anytime and since I know you also have a fondness (or is it your fella?) for cathedrals, well....we have two! x

  4. Ooh - you're showing off now with your 2 cathedral town! At least I know where I could leave him if I did visit! x

  5. Well being a Bristolian I could show you an original Banksy or 2 xx

  6. That would be fab Beks! Lucky you :D


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