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  Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service: Shining Stone plaque
Image of the Shining Stone sculpture in the Black Brook
  Situated in Black Brook, a stream that borders the ancient site of Lammas Land, the Shining Stone sculpture takes its name from the nearby village of Shenstone.

The name of the village is believed by many to be derived from ‘beautiful stone’ or ‘shining stone’.
 
Images of the information sign
Staffordshire County Council’s Arts and Museum Service required a sign to increase awareness of Jo Naden’s ‘Shining Stone’ sculpture among people using the nearby footpaths.

We were asked to develop a solution which included the information display and the fabrication of the sign for Staffordshire County Council’s Arts and Museum Service.

Although the nature of the sign changed significantly from the original intention (a simple stainless steel sheet fabrication) to a plaque fixed to a one tonne stone, the design of the information changed little from the format we proposed first of all.

Apart from design the project required us to:
survey the site at Shenstone and select a location for the sign
prepare drawings for planning approval
select the stone at a Forest of Dean quarry
liaise with a Derbyshire plaque supplier
liaise with the Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service.
 
All in all, the map is intended as a visual poem in which the words ‘Shenstone’ and ‘The Shining Stone’ stand out (without shouting) as part of a discrete typo(icono)graphic text, enriched by the historical references provided in the key.

Gérard Mermoz
Extract from the project brief
 
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