Stone Cycle Transcript

Duration: (02:25)

This is Stone Cycle by Julie Edwards. This stone circle stands near the water that fed the mills and is within ear shot of the East Lancashire Railway, which once transported men and goods and is now used for pleasure.

Julie Edwards was commissioned by Bury Council in 1997 when she was relatively unknown.

Tony Trehy: (00:27)
Julie Edwards was really interesting because we started off being very keen to give young sculptors their first opportunity and Julie had come for an interview and we actually weren’t that impressed with her work and the interview and thought no she probably isn’t what we want and then at the end of the interview we asked her if she got anything else she wanted to say and it turned out she had been to the site and just started talking about what she wanted to do on the site. It was really exciting and interesting and much more interesting than anything she had previously shown us.

Presenter: (01.00)
In the same way that the site has been transformed and reborn, Julie had the opportunity to give new life to her materials.

Tony Trehy: (01.08)
There was a big stone bridge that was being dismantled on Market Street in Bury and the planning department who were dismantling if for a new road coming through, rang up and said ‘we’ve got all this stone and we know you’ve got some sculptors around, do you want it?’ So we offered it to Julie and she bit our hands off so the trucks came, delivered our stones and she started carving them with symbols and images from the local environment and the park and the users to create the Stone Cycle.

Presenter: (01:39)
Julies work expresses her reaction to her natural surroundings here and echoes the history of the site.

Tony Trehy: (01:45)
It’s not so much the Stone Cycles represents something. The things that are carved into it represent the things that are around the site. Some of the symbols are actually Braille. What the Stone Cycle does in relation to the site is that it’s actually the dialogue with the location because if you stand in the middle of it and speak and there is an echo chamber in the middle of it but it doesn’t represent the site as such it creates an experience in the site.

Presenter: (02:09)
So explore the stone, discover the space and uncover the images that reflect the sites history. Look out for bobbins, saws and hammers, leaves and birds. Enjoy.

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