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22 April 2013

Cornish Cross erected last weekend to mark gateway to Cornwall

The gateway to Cornwall got a new landmark this weekend after a 62ft-high Celtic cross was raised in Saltash by the Tamar Bridge.

The Cornish Cross is a towering structure which marks the completion of a three-year project to create an iconic landmark which would act as a gateway to Cornwall, welcoming those who are travelling down to the south-west to stay in self catering Cornwall cottages.

The cross was designed by Fowey-based sculptor Simon Thomas, who said that the sculpture represents a "proud Cornish heritage" but also portrays the county as a place which is "exciting and vibrant" and "open to new ideas".

The Cornish Cross is made up of over 6,000 geometric pieces and is made from a number of materials which are mined in Cornwall, paying tribute to the county's mining heritage.

A few small features need to be added to complete the project, but those soon to be visiting Cornwall via the Tamar Bridge will still be able to spot the towering structure.

Image Credit: Markles55 (flickr.com)

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