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Bamford villagers were asked for ideas to mark the millennium.  I came forward with the idea of boundary markers ‘Touchstone’, to be based on the 4 elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire to be placed at appropriate view points around a 5 mile walk.  I was asked to be the artist facilitator and was awarded a Peak Park Millennium Fellowship Award to work on prototypes with the local school and adult art group.  Meanwhile a small committee was formed to gain funding, and to liaise with surveying and gaining planning permission.
The ‘hands on’ Touchstone’ project began when over a quarter of the village population gathered one weekend to create their own small clay tile reliefs and sculptures of environment, ecology, industry or history with attributes to one of the 4 elements.  I then collaged the individual pieces onto 8 large slabs and worked in the sculpture department of  Sheffield Hallam University to make moulds and to cast the panels in a resin/gritstone mix.  These were then later painted and weatherproofed before being erected.  The centre piece on the village green is a composite of all four touchstones and is surmounted with a map of the trail.
funded by
Nationwide Building Soc
Heritage Lottery Fund
Countryside Agency
AIR
The Trail was opened on a wet April day
click on Fire or Earth for detail
Touchstone Trail
WATER
FIRE
Fire detail
EARTH
Earth detail
Walk guide now available
in local shops & pubs