Towards the Sea
I didn't know anything about this sculpture when I first encountered it on a walk alongside the River Eden in Carlisle. I couldn't find a plaque or any information nearby.
But it reminded me of home, in north east Scotland, where old concrete WWII defences are slowly being reclaimed by the sea. The stones triggered happy memories of walks along the beach there.
I later found out that the sculpture was created by Hideo Foruta and is called Towards the Sea. It is part of a series of ten sculptures along the River Eden, the Eden Benchmarks, which were commissioned by the East Cumbria Countryside Project. You can find out more about the project here.
Towards the Sea is made up of four parts. The official website describes them as "manifestations of the sculptor's intense and mathematical explorations of the stone itself and, almost incidentally, describe a sequence of water eroded stone running parallel with the flow of the river nearby."
Hideo Foruta died in 2007.