Scilly’s ‘Glowing’ Granite Features In Geology Sculpture

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Scilly is represented in a new sculpture showcasing Britain’s diverse geology.

Around one inch of granite has been included in Durham University’s ‘What Lies Beneath’ sculpture, to represent the islands.

The complete work is 10m by 6m, roughly twice the length and width of a large family car, and was created in a mosaic map style by a Dorset-based artist.

It was made possible by a £100,000 donation.

Professor Bob Holdsworth of the Department of Earth Sciences was keen for Scilly to be included.

He has a holiday home on Church Road and says he’s been coming here for 50 years.

Bob says that people often don’t consider the influence of geology on the places they live or visit.  But he says the warm glow of Scilly is down to our rock and that’s why he loves the islands so much.

The sculpture is on display at the entrance to the university.