For 25 years the sculptor Peter Randall-Page has worked Dartmoor's obdurate and unforgiving granite boulders. He reflects on what it's like trying to wrestle with it: "granite is stuff personified, quintessentially dumb matter, it is what the earth is made of, congealed magma, planetary and galactic, inert and unintelligible."
Peter's is the third of four essays in which writers and artists reflect on the way their bedrock geology - their cornerstones - have shaped their favourite landscapes. Peter Randall-Page realises that he's worked his way back through geological time to work with granite: "beginning with the relatively young sedimentary limestone of Bath, through the metamorphic marble of Carrara to the most ancient material of granite."
Listen to the essay here: www.bbc.co.uk
Various times along the way to Brighton or Lewes, I've noticed a sculpture that I've rather unimaginatively referred to as "the nautilus," which I love to see for it means I'm in Britain and on vacation. Come to find out, it's one of Randall-Page's works, Cuilfail Spiral, located at the north end of the Cuilfail tunnel.
Photo (cropped) by Anthony McIntosh: the Cuilfail tunnel and Cuilfail Spiral