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Landform image is top five in the world

Undated handout photo iossued by Banks Mining of a view of Northumberlandia, a 1,300ft-long reclining woman which is the world's largest human form sculpted into the landscape on land , outside Cramlington,
Northumberland, which is to open to the public next month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 28, 2012. People will be able to walk over the goddess-like Northumberlandia, which can be seen by pilots coming in to land at nearby Newcastle airport.
Passengers on the East Coast main line and drivers on the A1 have noticed as her curves took shape over the past two years. The �3 million sculpture has been shaped from the rock, earth and waste from Shotton surface mine, outside Cramlington, Northumberland, on land owned by Viscount Ridley and worked by the Banks Group.
See PA story ARTS Northumberlandia. Photo credit should read: Banks Mining/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or

Undated handout photo iossued by Banks Mining of a view of Northumberlandia, a 1,300ft-long reclining woman which is the world's largest human form sculpted into the landscape on land , outside Cramlington, Northumberland, which is to open to the public next month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 28, 2012. People will be able to walk over the goddess-like Northumberlandia, which can be seen by pilots coming in to land at nearby Newcastle airport. Passengers on the East Coast main line and drivers on the A1 have noticed as her curves took shape over the past two years. The �3 million sculpture has been shaped from the rock, earth and waste from Shotton surface mine, outside Cramlington, Northumberland, on land owned by Viscount Ridley and worked by the Banks Group. See PA story ARTS Northumberlandia. Photo credit should read: Banks Mining/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or

A TOURIST attraction near Cramlington has finished in the top five of an international competition to find the best satellite image in the world.

The Northumberlandia landform, on the Blagdon estate, was the only British image to make it to the final stages of the competition run by American satellite imaging firm DigitalGlobe.

The firm selected the top 20 images from millions of square kilometres of imagery from all over the world with the public voting on their favourites and the top five going through to the final.

Northumberlandia made it through to the final eventually finishing third beating the likes of St Peters Square at the Vatican, the Tokyo skyline and the Peterman Glacier in Greenland.

Northumberlandia is made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, is 100 feet high, a quarter of a mile long and set in 46 acres community park with four miles of footpaths on and around her.

The sculpture cost £3m to construct which was privately funded by The Banks Group and the Blagdon Estate and designed by the Charles Jencks.

She is now under the ownership of open space management charity The Land Trust and managed of their behalf by Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Azure Charitable Enterprises

An image of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada showing people, tents and vehicles gathered in the desert was the eventual winner, with an image showing cloud cover over Mount Fuji in second.

The other shortlisted satellite images were of a volcanic chain in the Andes mountains of Chile and a picture of the space shuttle Endeavour travelling on the back of a Boeing 747.

 

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