Batcombe craftsman carves inspirational Frome motto

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Andrew James is a Somerset-based stone craftsman.

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He has over 20-years experience in stonemasonry, sculpture, and architectural restoration.

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Andrew carved the Frome motto 'Something Wonderful Will Happen' into a wall in Willow Vale.

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The motto was conceived in 2014 by artist Ruth Proctor, as part of Frome's 'Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia' arts project.

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The message was used extensively throughout the town - including in the sky.

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A Somerset stone craftsman has carved a tribute to Frome’s Ordinary Utopia motto into a wall in Willow Vale.

The motto – Something Wonderful Will Happen – was conceived in 2014 by artist Ruth Proctor.

It has now been beautifully carved into a plain section of stone on a house along Willow Vale by Batcombe-based stonemason Andrew James of Carved Stone Letters.

The stone had previously been covered in graffiti.

A spokesperson for Andrew, who was commissioned to create the piece, said: “The owners hope this uplifting affirmation will now bring pleasure to the many people who walk through this part of the town.”

Andrew produced the piece by hand, using the traditional method of a mallet and chisel.

He said: “It’s a lovely quote.

“There’s a special charm and authenticity when letters are hand carved into stone so I was pleased to be asked to pay tribute to it in this way”.

The Something Wonderful Will Happen motto was conceived by artist Ruth Proctor as part of the 2014 contemporary arts project ‘Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia’ that featured work made especially for Frome by leading British artists.

It was intended to be a message of hope and aspiration and was used extensively throughout the town, including a spectacular incarnation trailed through the sky in red capital letters.

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