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Resting Points / Harty Triptych
Commissioned for Leysdown Rose-Tinted by FrancisKnight Public Art Consultancy

Sculptures: Alun Heslop
Text: Mark C. Hewitt

As part of a writer’s residency at Leysdown-on-Sea, on the Isle of Sheppey, I wrote text for two resting point sculptures (‘Raptor’ and ‘Edge’) by artist Alun Heslop on the Isle of Harty Cycle Trail, (a route through open countryside and an RSPB bird sanctuary between Leysdown-on-Sea and the hamlet of Harty). The work was commissioned by FrancisKnight as part of Leysdown rose-tinted and was installed in March 2012.

The text carved into the sculptures is a short poem in three sections entitled
Harty Triptych. The piece evokes the majestic flight of the birds of prey that frequent the location as well as the powered flights of pioneering aviators that flew over the same stretch of ground in the early twentieth century. The poem can be read on the Wandering Words website.

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Above: Edge / first section of the poem in situ on The Isle of Harty Cycle Trail
Below: as carved into the wood in Alun Heslop’s workshop
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Above and below: Raptor and other sections of the text in situ. (Photos © Richard Gooding)

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