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The Fossil Tree (National Cycle Route Marker)

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Grand Junction Road
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN1
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Next to the Palace Pier entrance at the side of the road.
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:E9
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : Jon Mills
     Role:Designer

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General Information

Commissioned by: Sustrans (The National Cycle Network ) and the Royal Bank of Scotland
Commissioned also by: The Millennium Commission
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Brighton & Hove City Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:This was the first post to be commissioned by Sustrans as part of the Millennium Mileposts. The post takes the form of an abstract tree with relief imagery of fossils depicting the passage of time from early primitive creatures to the ultimate demise of fossil fuel driven technology.

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Classification

Categories:Roadside / Wayside, Free Standing, Functional
Object type1:Marker
     Object subtype1:Milepost
Subject type1:Symbolic
Subject type2:Pictorial

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Object Parts

Part 1:Marker
     Material:Cast iron
     Height (cm):175
     Width (cm):85
     Depth (cm):6

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:19/04/2007

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History

History:'The Millennium Time Trail
The Time Trail is a four-dimensional voyage and puzzle around the National Cycle Network. Throughout the UK there are almost one thousand cast iron mileposts on National Cycle Network routes, many of which carry embossed metal discs the size of small plates. Each disc contains a design that can be copied by making a pencil and paper rubbing to help you record your journey. There are over 60 different designs repeated around the Network divided into five sets. Each set of designs joins up like a three dimensional sculptural jigsaw to illustrate different aspects of Time. The five sets lead to a very rare 6th set - a final mystery to be solved and Treasure to be discovered. There are at least two copies of most Time Trail Symbols in each region and the mileposts have been arranged so that the first two sets of designs can often be collected during a single ride near a large town.
Throughout the Time Trail you will find a number of themes. The ancient elements of Fire, Earth, Air and Water and the Ether are intertwined in the designs, whilst the seasons, the zodiac and the history of the last twenty centuries are the common threads that connect the Time Trail images together. Ingredients of ancient philosophy, time and space, astronomy, alchemy and molten metal are thrown together into the melting pot and stirred by the users of the National Cycle Network in their quest to solve some of the mysteries of Time.
How far the Time Trail will lead will vary from child to child and from adult to adult. Not everyone will manage to or expect to go the whole distance in the quest, for Time means different things to different people. But one thing is guaranteed - we are all on a voyage in Time and Space in our lifetimes and the Time Trail hopes to reflect this and capture the excitement and essence of that voyage for those who get out there and use the National Cycle Network.'
('The Millennium Time Trail: Information'. Sustrans)

400 of this design are sited nationwide.
Hard archive file:Yes

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References


Further information:
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/default.asp?sID=1132763167625
http://www.metaljon.com/

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Date: 19/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 19/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 19/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 19/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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