Friday, 22 June 2012

Five Stone Rings

I have felt a bit untouched by the Olympics so far, but this week the torch came near, and raised awareness and a little excitement.  It was delivered to Pickering by steam train, the locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley, which holds the world record for being the fastest steam engine since World War II, brought the Olympic torch into Pickering, from Whitby.

But Weymouth railway station have gone one better, and just installed a stone sculpture to celebrate the Olympics.  The rings were carved by local stone masons in Portland limestone.  The 9000kg piece, made up of 10 separate pieces,   and standing 2.5 metres tall, was carefully craned into position this week

'We are delighted to be able to welcome the world to Weymouth and Portland for the Olympic sailing events against this fantastic backdrop of the Olympic Rings. This sculpture will help the town really stand out and will showcase the outstanding craftsmanship of our local stonemasons using world-famous Portland Stone.'
– Cllr Mike Goodman, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Management Committee Chairman

Image Duncan Sleightholme

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