The Coldstones Cut boasts of being the biggest and highest piece of public artwork in Yorkshire. The sculpture was commissioned by Nidderdale visual arts and Hanson Aggregates, who run the Coldstones Quarry, which the sculpture overlooks. In late 2009, both the necessary planning permission was given and funding provided.
An Impressive Sculpture That Offers Stunning Views
This impressive sculpture on Greenhow Hill was created by Andrew Sabin, and work on the design took three years. It was in March 2010 that construction commenced, and the sculpture was completed the same year. The Coldstones Cut was opened on September 16th by the Director of Tate Britain, Dr Penelope Curtis.
The views from the Coldstones Cut are stunning. Visitors will be able to see Nidderdale, which is situated in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, as well as Coldstones Quarry, which is still in use and among the highest quarries in England.
A Mix of Old and New
Visitors are able to walk all around the sculpture, which stands 1,375 feet above sea level. The Coldstones Cut sculpture is a mix of both old and new, as it combines ancient stone blocks with a contemporary streetscape. The streetscape is complemented by winding paths, and there are platforms that allow the visitor to appreciate different views from the sculpture.
Parking is available near the sculpture, which is close to both Skipton and Pateley Bridge. Visitors are advised to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, because of the sculpture’s isolated position. Admission is free and the Coldstones Cut is always open to the public.