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Edinburgh's National Gallery of Modern Art
He noticed with some interest the latest work of Jencks - called Northumberlandia - The Lady of the North - in which the site of an open cast coal mine in Shotton has been modelled into a reclining naked lady. She is 400 metres long and at her highest point is 34 metres high. To model the figure it was necessary to move 1.5 million tonnes of rock, stone and soil. A series of paths at different levels allow visitors a series of different routes through the site with many different vistas.
But his idea that flew so high crashed to the ground. First the Doughty Groundsman expressed some reluctance to move the requisite amounts of material observing that his wheelbarrow only had limited capacity and an increasingly dicky wheel. These problems were not insurmountable. But it was Mrs FB who put the nail in the project's coffin when, in her usual succinct manner she advised FB 'You can forget any thought you had that I'm modelling for that. No way. Jose. End. Of.'
So Grange Loan will remain a green field of dreams and those who wish to see the work of Jencks can visit the Gallery or take the trip to Northumberland.