Port Clarence and High Clarence are two adjoining villages on the north bank of the Tees, in the shadow of the iconic Transporter Bridge.

NW entrance sculpture (4)

The two landmark sculptures, each standing 4m high, are based on an abstracted view of the bridge. The towering presence of the bridge is synonymous with the villages and key to their sense of identity.

These photos show the process of carving the sculptures, from quarry to installation. Finding stone large enough for the sculptures proved to be a challenge in itself. The two blocks of sandstone were quarried at Fletcher Bank Quarry, each one weighing over 12 tonnes. They were quarried as one enormous block, which was split into two by drilling and using plugs and feathers.

The two blocks were then moved to Hill House Edge Quarry, where I spent six months carving them into the sculptures that mark the entrances to the villages today. I like the symbolism that the two sculptures are carved from the same huge piece of stone.

I am very grateful to Marshalls Natural Stone for supplying the block, and to Grahams Quarries for all their help and patience throughout the project.