To celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Morritt Country House Hotel in July 2014, owners Barbara Johnson and Peter Phillips commissioned local artist, Ewan Allinson, to create a sculpture in the hotel gardens.
Ewan was chosen from a shortlist of local artists who entered a contest to create an artwork that captured the essence of one of Country Durham’s most picturesque dales. Winning the commission was also a celebration for Ewan himself as he celebrated his 20-year anniversary as a sculptor and was thrilled to win the commission.
The sculpture is closely linked to the history of Greta Bridge, Teesdale and The Morritt. It incorporates a dry-stone wall grove with seating and a shrine to a Roman water nymph, Neine, in the middle. A relief on one side depicts Neine and on the other there is an inscription. The grove is built out of stone from Upper Teesdale and the shrine is carved from stone from Dunhouse Quarry near Staindrop.
For a full explanation of the inspiration behind the sculpture and more photographs, download and read this highly informative article by Ewan.