Caldicot Cross - Gwent, Wales. Great Britain.
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N 51° 35.502 W 002° 45.049
30U E 517261 N 5715656
Quick Description: A silhouette sculpture in the shape of a contemporary celtic cross, is made from stacked Welsh slate. A remarkable monument known as the 'Caldicot Cross' a multi War memorial, located in Gwent, South Wales.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/3/2013 12:17:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ6Q7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
This Silhouette Public Art Sculpture is constructed from thousands of tiny pieces of Welsh slate, sculpted by Howard Bowcott in 1995. The cross is located in a pedestrian area known as The Cross, Caldicot, Gwent, South Wales.

The Caldicot Cross is a geographical marker indicating the importance of a site within the town as well as the importance of the town itself. It is also a social focal point, a gathering place and a symbol of the life of the town.

'Work was commissioned to provide a focus for the area known as 'The Cross' which marks the limit of the pedestrianized area in Caldicot town centre, and to record permanently the names of sixteen war dead. A Celtic cross previously stood on this site and was used in 1741 by John Wesley to preach from. The artist's aim for his design was "to make a contemporary piece of sculpture within a long-established tradition of markers and focal points in the Welsh landscape." The work was funded by the Welsh Development Agency and Monmouth Borough Council. The slate was sponsored by Greaves Welsh Slate Co. Ltd., Blaenau Festiniog.

Caldicot Cross is 17 feet high, twin columned stacked slate cross on a square stepped slate base. Round the base are the names of those who are remembered in Caldicot.
The names follow the dedication and are inscribed as follows:

LEST WE FORGET, THEY GAVE THEIR TOMORROW FOR OUR TODAY: 1914-18 George Andrews • Andrew J Davies • Alfred W Evans • Ernest C Evans • Henry A Parry • Percy S Parry • Henry Peach • James A Pride • Stanley S Spencer • Charles W Stringer • William H Thomas • James A Tiplin • Ernest R Turner • Richard H Williams • 1939-45 William T Francis • William Harris • John Millington • Leslie Morgan • Godfrey Munday • Geoffrey Neild • Raymond Odam • Wilfred J Porter • Ray Shorey • Bertram Squibbs • David E Thomas • Jack Vilday • Fred Wilcox • 1991 David E Denbury (Iraq)" text source:
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Title of Piece: 'Caldicot Cross'

Artist: Howard Bowcott

Material/Media: Welsh Slate.

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Northen limit of the pedestrianized area in Caldicot town centre,

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

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