It doesn’t happen often, but it happened to me this week on the M62. One moment I was driving here, the next moment I was driving there.
I’ve never been to
The sign on the gates said Sutton Manor. Sutton Manor used to be a colliery until the early nineties, today its woodland reserve and the long face is ‘Dream’, a 66ft high sculpture by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa.
Standing in front of her was a real experience, made all the more real and experienced by my complete lack of pre-knowledge of her existence. She’s been here since the summer of 2009 just waiting for me to find her. How could such a surreal and beautiful object not be reported wider? How had I missed her until now?
After a long straight road, missing your turn seems the right thing to do - it takes you somewhere else, somewhere unreal and wonderful -- and you can’t get there with a map!