As the world’s economic patterns change mining for metals on the picturesque landscape of Dartmoor, Devon has once again become viable. 80 years after the last metal ore extraction ceased on Dartmoor the rising cost of tungsten has meant that there are proposals to reopen a former tin mine at Hemerdon near Plymouth to extract both tin and tungsten. This is the subject of a new commission by artist Simon Pope who is working with people living in the Dartmoor area on a new commission: 'A Song, A Dance and a New Stannary Parliament'. Dartmoor’s formerly industrial landscape has come to be seen mostly as a wilderness for walkers, seemingly indistinguishable from the results of geological processes. Yet the gullies and stacks of rock debris are testament to this metal ore’s immense influence on the life of Dartmoor and its people.
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