‘The One and The Many’, created by artist Peter Randall-Page, is sculpted from a 24 tonne naturally eroded granite boulder and inscribed with many of the world’s scripts and symbols. From the writings of ancient Babylonia to Mongolian ‘ornamental’ seal script, they recount stories of ‘the creation’: poetic musings and epic tales of our own origins. The lines that Peter has chosen deal with cosmology and the material/poetical formation of the universe, according to these cultures.

Virtually all cultures have creation myths, explanations of how the world came into being and this leap of imagination illustrates the essence of creativity across many cultures and languages.

Rotate and zoom the sculpture with your mouse (or finger on touch devices). Each numbered hot spot highlights a specific symbol or script, its design origins and a translation.

 Sculpture photography: Mike Smallcombe