A group of pot-holers visiting the site of a piece of public art set in the Northumbrian landscape have gone missing say police.
The artwork by Charles Jencks, known locally as ‘The Lady of the North’ is a gigantic replica of the naked female body and is made up of 1.5m tonnes of rock, soil and clay.
The reclining figure is said to be 400mts long and at its highest point is taller than an eight-storey building with some of her features artistically highlighted with stone from a local mine.
The five men were last seen making their way up the inner thigh of the art-work but vanished some time after reaching the knees. One eye-witness said that moments before the pot-holers disappeared she had seen them chattering excitedly amongst themselves and pointing towards something they had seen up ahead.
The men, all experienced pot-holers from the Derbyshire Caving Association had only just arrived in Northumbria and were planning on exploring abandoned mine shafts in the area but had stopped off at the site near Cramlington to see the art work.
A rescue party was been sent out in search of the men but have so far failed to report back and could now, themselves be missing.
But the wife of one of the men said she was not unduly worried about the men’s disappearance saying that it was typical of her husband and his friends to go missing in this way...’Trevor only has to catch sight of a hole he hasn't been down before and he's at it like a rabbit just escaped from prison’ said Trish Simmons from Ashburton ‘especially if he thinks nobody else has had a go at it first.
He’ll be back when he gets hungry’.
Katie Perkin, communications manager for the Banks Group who oversaw the construction of the project said the installation was carried out by local craftsmen and now employed around 150 people at the site....’we were especially proud to have had contributions from a gang of ex-miners from the old colliery that was closed down to make way for the art-work.
I’m not sure which part of the project they were involved in but no doubt they will have left a subtle message somewhere expressing their thoughts on what they think of the installation.
Does it say anything in the brochure?
Pot-holers go missing during visit to Northumbria art-work
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