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Eden Benchmarks

Along the River Eden

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    The East Cumbria Countryside Project created a series of ten site-specific, carved stone sculptures which also function as seats, on public paths along the River Eden from its source at Mallerstang to where it joins the sea at Rockcliffe, just north of Carlisle. The project involved ten different artists and was commissioned to mark the new Millennium. There are 10 in all, each by a different sculptor, and selected in close consultation with local people. The River Eden provides a cohesive and spectacular context for the sculptures: collectively giving visual expression to local pride in the river and its surrounding landscape and individually fostering a profound sense of place at each location. They're also a lovely place just to sit and quietly reflect on the river, on art, on landscape - and life.

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