The Cornish Cross
Design by Simon Thomas
The iconic Cornish Cross stands 20 metres (66 ft) high on the Cornish bank of the Tamar and was erected in a spectacular overnight lift early in 2013. It is a spectacular Public Art monument, reflecting the heritage of Cornwall and looking forward to the technological future of the County.
It is based on a design by Cornish artist and sculptor Simon Thomas, and won an international design competition in 1998. The Cornish Cross was originally intended to be a Millenium monument, and the original planned to be sited a mile into Cornwall near the Carkeel roundabout..
The Cornish Cross is the centrepiece of the new Elwell Woods project, two acres of peaceful community woodland, created out of a neglected wasteland that had remained closed to the public and forgotten for over 50 years.
The Cross is equally spectacular at night, lit up by a high-tech floodlighting system which you can see when entering Cornwall.