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Graham Barrett ARPS

Statement of Intent


The mining districts of Cornwall were once the most technologically advanced areas anywhere in the world, with developments driven by the need to de-water increasingly deep mines and the creative genius of Engineers such as Trevithick, Woolf, and many others.

This panel is my eulogy for that age and those Engineers. Only relics and ruins now remain; iconic symbols of my home and work, fingers pointing heavenward, roots deep in the ground; beauty in utility, an elegance of form and function; a quiet dignity in discard and abandonment.

I was the Mill Engineer at South Crofty tin mine in the 1980’s – the last of my line as it turned out. So this panel is also my personal memorandum; for at the very end of the very last Act, I stood for a few moments on the same stage where once those giants strode.

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