I went to Runnymede to see Mark Wallinger’s deeply atmospheric memorial, originally commissioned to celebrate the 800th. anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta and unveiled in 2018. It stands at the edge of a field, next to deep woodland (Cooper’s Hill), and is constructed out of rammed earth which mirrors the local soil. It is unexpectedly poetic – very quiet and still, so close to Heathrow, and deeply redolent of the importance of the rule of law, with its inscription (Rule 39) which is only legible in its reflection in the dark water:-

No man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights and possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.


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  1. sandynairne says:

    It is wonderful and one of the most successful commissions/collaborations organised by the National Trust in recent years. After speaking at the opening ceremony I sat under a tree with my sketchbook and drew Mark’s structure and the trees.

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