We’re incredibly proud to present the Four Seasons Monolith, a stunning collaboration between Welsh Slate Water Features and master stone mason Ray Moseley. This beautiful tower of genuine Welsh Slate has the alchemist symbols for spring, summer, autumn and winter hand carved into the front face and is core drilled vertically to allow water to flow out the top.
We wanted to create a slate monolith water feature with a real difference, something to truly stand out in an end users garden design. Our team initially developed the idea for working with seasonal elements, given that all our garden activities are hugely directed by the four contrasting British seasons. Having met Ray Moseley at the Stansted Garden Show in 2020 and loving his stone carving, we put the idea to him and the idea was further honed into using the Alchemists symbols.
About Ray Moseley
In Ray’s own words…
“My love & passion for historic buildings and their related crafts, has in later years led me in to pursuing stone carving to a more intensive level. The whole process is a union of the senses for me and akin to deep meditation.”
Alchemy is an ancient practice that occupies a middle ground between science and philosophy. The beginnings of Alchemy were centred around finding an elixir for immortality, turning basic materials into gold and discovering a cure for all disease. Strong religious beliefs and scientific dogma of the early years meant Alchemists used secret symbols to communicate ideas and theories. From the classical four elements of air, earth, fire and water to the seven planetary metals, Alchemy symbols have a certain mystique that has meant they have been passed down through the centuries and still find a place in modern society.