Bluebell by Giles Macdonald

Bluebell by Giles Macdonald


This carving, in Portland LIme stone, by Giles Macdonald, celebrates the word ‘Bluebell’, and was created as part of our exhibition ‘The Lost Words - Forget-me-not.’ For this exhibition artists have created a permanent record of the natural words removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Size:  20 x 30cm


A European woodland plant of the lily family that produces clusters of blue bell-shaped flowers in spring. The name is used in Scotland to refer to the harebellCampanula rotundifolia. In spring, H. non-scripta produces a nodding, one-sided inflorescence of 5–12 tubular, sweet-scented violet–blue flowers, with strongly recurved tepals, and 3–6 long, linear, basal leaves.

Hyacinthoides or 'Endymion' nonscripta, family Liliaceae

 Derived from the English flower, 'bluebell' and an English variant of the French name Bluebelle.

For a few short weeks in springtime, the bluebell transforms our woodland into a carpet of intense blue, flowers slowly unfurling under the opening tree canopy.  It's not surprising that the bluebell is one of the nation's best-loved wild flowers. It creates one of our greatest woodland spectacles, one that lasts only a short magical time.

Nothing lasts for ever. Carved letters on stone mark a thought.  Thousands of chisel marks create an effect. Seeing them prompts an experience. 

Each step is taken in an ocean.

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