While many other people were busy celebrating ‘the wedding of the year’, I took a day off in Nottingham and revisited places that haven’t changed for centuries, although the areas around them have altered so much in 30 years that I had difficulty identifying any connection with the time I spent here in the Seventies.
At the castle I found this stone as part of a large display of inlaid decorated paving in the gallery forecourt:
The text read:
The souls deep sediment churned currents of quickened memory erodes the densest barriers if its truth flows free
I can’t find any information about the words, (and the relevant links on the Stone Scribe Studios site don’t work) so I am left to wonder why someone would go to immense effort to create a piece of art using a text that cannot be parsed.
Some of the other phrases made some kind of sense – at least grammatically – if you took a pivot word and used it to end one part and start the next, adding in your own punctuation, but with this particular piece I just can’t begin to fathom the meaning.
I really rather like ‘poetry pavements’ – I’m particularly familiar with the phrases embedded in the streets of Chepstow and literary quotations in the pedestrianised barrio de las letras in Madrid – but both those projects seem to have a solid base in reason.
If anyone can enlighten me about the Nottingham Castle project, I’d be interested in knowing what was behind it.