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“The base is all wrong.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Saltash Celtic Cross

Saltash Celtic Cross
Elwell Woods, Saltash, England
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Saltash
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“The base is all wrong.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We came by in slow moving traffic so I caught a perhaps 20 second glimpse. Its a bit out of the ordinary. It looks as if the oblique bit is already looking uneven and the verdigris effect is patchy. The top is OK but strange. Not much Cornish, Christian, Celtic or arty about it. Worst bit is the meter or so high collar of plastic grass separating the sort of crazy paved/dry stone wall base/plinth from the oblique. The grass looks like the stuff 1960s greengrocers put around treacle tables at markets or undertakers used to line open graves at funerals so as not to awake mourners to the stark realities. It looks all wrong, not least against the pale flat green of the work. The flood light's pole and fitting is intrusive and clumsily sited and given that the whole thing looks smaller than billed, it really ought to be somewhere more obvious. It is almost hidden and incidental rather than an iconic waypoint.

Visited May 2013
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Saltash, United Kingdom
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“Not really traditional”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I know Art moves on, but a Celtic Cross is a Celtic Cross. Apart from not really being visible as you cross the bridge, I would love to have seen a true , traditional Granite cross. Preferably right in front of you, not hidden off to the side. After all the hype, I'm a bit disappointed.

Visited May 2013
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Cornwall
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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“Don't blink..... you'll miss it.........!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

After all the huffing and puffing be careful.....blink and you'll miss it!
Located in a position behind a few large trees we feel sorry for the designer. Whilst its not to our taste it 'should' be a destination akin to the 'Angel of the North'
But it stands in an obscure location not easy to park your car and get to .....
It could ....and should be shouting 'look at me' I am like the 'Angel Up North'
Sadly.......It hardly raises a whimper.
The speed limit on the Tamar Bridge is 30 mph - drive East to West and look right, no need to stop you'll have seen all you need to see in this brief glance .........
But don't blink.........

Visited May 2013
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Buckingham
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“Interesting use of someone's money.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Not sure that this unusual and not unpleasant piece of work has been placed where passers by can only catch the briefest glimpse. It obviously deserves more considered attention and I have now managed to find a very recent image via the search engine, which shows all the detail and I have also seen and learnt something of the production/design process. Someone ought to post some photos on this listing soon so all Tripvisor users who may be coming to or travelling through Saltash can know what to expect.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“More suited to a modern crematorium garden or churchyard?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Not unpleasant but rather odd obelisk type pillar topped by a type of mini gold sunburst more commonly seen above catholic altars such as in St Peter's in Rome. Not sure it was sited just here. After all the reported effort and public expense it ought really have been more skillfully placed for viewing. As I drive through the south west and see public monuments or features (thinking of the obelisks at high points near Bodmin and Wellington or Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe) they are more obvious and dominant. The Saltash Cross is also a bit of a paradox, a modern take on a Christian symbol attempting to mark the gateway into a holiday county which like the rest of the UK is moving into secular indifference to historical faiths.

Visited April 2013
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