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The Mease and Sence Noon Column

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The Mease and Sence Noon Column

The Mease and Sence Lowlands are characterised by a rolling, well-managed agricultural landscape of large cropped fields and intact hedgerow patterns. Spire churches are a prominent feature in the landscape and pinpoint several small villages that are linked by rural lanes with wide grass verges. This is an area with a strong rural character of scattered hedgerow and individual trees, game coverts and mature specimen trees linked to country estates. Recent years have seen the creation of new woodlands as part of The National Forest.

The Mease and Sence Noon Column

OS map of Sence lowlands area where Column 3 is located

Part of the National Forest Company’s LANDshapes project, this Noon Column is made of English Oak, the sun will shine through the vertical slot for 10-15 minutes at ‘true’ noon on midsummer and midwinter’s days, creating a line of light in the shadow cast by the column. ‘True noon’ in the Mease and Sence Lowlands Zone occurs at 1.03pm in summer time and 12.03pm in wintertime.

This cycle links the sculpture to the passage of time – celebrating the past, present and future of the Forest. Created by internationally renowned artist David Nash, this sculptures spire shaped form captures the spirit of a Landscape known for its views of church spires across low undulating farmland. The sculpture is one of six that reflect and interpret the distinctive nature of the six landscape zones that make up The National Forest.

The six Noon Columns have been supported by:

 Arts Council England logo Jaguar Cars Ltd logo British Waterways logo Viv Astling - National Forest Company, Chairman 1998-2005