Lambton Worm Fossil Sculpture
‘Wormasaurus’ - The idea for this proposal evolved from the school workshop where a couple of the schoolchildren developed ideas around a fossilized version of the Lambton Worm.
The sculpture consists of cast iron sculpted relief panels of a mythical Lambton Worm Fossil. The worm fossil is spread over eight random stone boulders which have been placed inside and outside of Merlin Drive Play Area. The Fossilized Worm relief’s are embedded into the stone boulders and appear to be part of the stone itself.
This is a sculpture of an imagined fossil of the Lambton Worm, a fossil of mythological beast. It is hoped that the viewer will imagine the possible creature it might have been piecing by together the whole image in their mind from the broken fragments.
The sculpture can be used for informal play, as the boulders can be sat upon and climbed upon. The sculpture is very tactile and symbolizes the way folklore and myths evolve through the generations. Recording a myth such as the Lambton Worm story may have involved many people contributing parts of the story until it became complete. In a visual way the Worm fossil sculpture provides the pieces and the viewer has to use their imagination to fill in the gaps or remember the story of the Lambton Worm.
Sculpted like dinosaur fossils the worm fossil is cast in iron and embedded in the stone boulders like the story of the Lambton worm is embedded in the people and history of Chester le St and the surrounding area.