Using text by William Massey this beautiful inscription has been designed, hand-carved, painted and gilded (with aluminium leaf and gold) by Annet Stirling into a block of Burlington Grey Slate. This is an original and unique work of art by one of the world’s most creative Letterwork Sculptors and will look magnificent both inside and out. Under the alphabet letters, the text reads:
Whence did the wond’rous mystic art arise,
Of painting speech, and speaking to the eyes?
That we by tracing magic lines are taught
How to embody, and to colour thought?
Burlington Blue slate is an even blue grey colour throughout and architects have often used it in landmark buildings for its natural beauty, durability and adaptability. It has been sourced from the Kirkby quarry, just above the village of Kirkby-in-Furness in Cumbria, UK. Kirkby Stone is sedimentary in nature and was formed in the Silurian period, some 300-350 million years ago.