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5:44am 22nd April 2013
(Updated 5:44am 22nd April 2013)

Visitors driving into Cornwall are getting a new welcome from a massive Celtic cross.

The 20m tall sculpture has been put up next to the Tamar Bridge in Saltash.

It has been dubbed as the Duchy's very own Angel of the North.

Local Liam Bradley is part of the team that helped make it happen: "If you stand a person adjacent to the head, you get an impression of the sheer dramatic size of the head to a slender body. If you drive down into Cornwall you see quite a few Celtic crosses; this is going to be huge in comparison."

The massive structure had to go on a 128 mile trip from Newquay via Exeter because it was too large to navigate the most direct route.

The Cross was erected during Saturday night. A 100 tonne crane lifted the structure and a second 80 tonne crane was used to guide it into position.

The Tamar Bridge slip road was partially closed to allow the sculpture to be bolted into place.

The sculpture was originally designed by Cornish artist Simon Thomas for the Millennium celebrations.

It is a modern interpretation of the traditional Celtic Cross, inspired by the Neolithic landscape of Cornwall, its engineering heritage and the modern forward-looking Cornish identity.

Simon said: "The sculpture not only represents a proud Cornish heritage, but also the Cornwall of today which is an exciting and vibrant place, open to new ideas and celebrating its uniqueness.

"The Cornish Cross truly marks the Gateway to Cornwall, inviting visitors and welcoming travellers home."

 

5:44am 22nd April 2013

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