What is Gneiss?
Gneiss is a foliated metamorphic rock identified by its bands and lenses of varying composition, while other bands contain granular minerals with an interlocking texture. Other bands contain platy or elongate minerals with evidence of preferred orientation. It is this banded appearance and texture – rather than composition – that define a gneiss.
On Saturday 29th April a community workshop was held in Grosvenor and Hilbert Park to encourage the public to think about a new public art piece that will be installed in the park in the autumn. The final part of the art along the cycle path, it will be the central piece, between Goods Station Road and Dowding Way. When I looked back it was actually four years ago that the Grosvenor Bridge piece ‘Grosvenor Rocks’ was completed.
‘Gneiss’ will be carved by sculptor Richard Perry at his workshop, and then installed in the park. Richard has taken away people’s impressions of the park, of the water and planting, and will be creating a final piece from three pieces of gneiss granite. So far we have only seen photos of the rocks, but they are quite beautiful in themselves, with streams of orange iron running through, just like the park.
The rocks final resting place, amongst these trees above the wetlands, will give the impression they are as much a part of the landscape as the trees, grass and chalybeate water.
P.S. This was ‘The blog I was almost too tired to write’ – then I remembered how useful all the ‘Grosvenor Rocks’ blogs and park newsletters have been in the research for the ‘Gneiss’ community workshop….