The Waymarker Project – by Zoe Singleton

October 13, 2020

The Waymarker Project’ was commissioned by Torbay Culture with emergency funding from Arts Council England. Zoe Singleton collaborated with staff at Torbay Hospital and the team at HeARTS (Health and the Arts in Torbay and South Devon), to create five Waymarker stones that will form the foundation of a future sculpture trail around the hospital grounds.

The Waymarker stones feature words that were submitted to Zoe by the hospital staff about the importance of hospitals outdoor spaces to the staff, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Zoe asked the staff to submit words in their first language and their own handwriting so the stone will reflect the valued diversity of the staff working at the hospital. Zoe then created a hand drawn script from the selected words that maintained elements of the individuals as well a creating harmony and unity across the many languages.

These words were divided into 5 themes of Friendship, Peace, Nature, Reflection and Rest. Now carved, the stones have been installed in the hospital grounds providing spaces along a journey to pause, think and reflect.

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