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Gallery - The Lady of Shalott


The Lady of Shalott in situ on the bank of the River Witham just to the east of Lincoln
The Lady of Shalott in situ on the bank of the River Witham just to the east of Lincoln
"The Lady of Shalott" takes its name from one of Tennyson's most famous poems, the opening line of which are water-jet cut into the oval base plate of each of the giant sheaves of wheat that make up this sculpture:
"On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye
That clothe the wold and meet the sky
And thro' the field the road runs by........."
  

It spans the cycle track rather than simply stands alongside it, so cyclists and walkers will almost inevitably engage with it as they pass beneath its gently lolling stalks. It makes a strong visual statment as it is easily seen from some distance, and can also be enjoyed equally well from either direction - the piece has no obvious back or front.