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2016 5th Migrating Stone, Los Angeles, USA

2016 5th Migrating Stone

In 2016 I was invited to Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, by Professor Paul Harris to present my work on migrating stones at the Bellarmine Forum.

I took the 5th Migrating Stone with me: the text runs around the stone in Spanish: Migran en silencio las piedras por el mundo (Carving: Alec Peever / Translation: Andrea Dates / Felt bag: Mercedes Nunez / Log book: Grizel Luttman-Johnson).

2016 5th Migrating Stone

This stone will continue to migrate by being passed from person to person. The stone migrates in a felt bag and comes with a log book that gives a history of the project and what to do when you pass the stone on. Who knows where it will end up.

Stone: slate from Delabole Quarry, Cornwall.


2012 4th Migrating Stone - Isle of Iona.


The 4th stone is embedded in a grassy bank near the Welcome Centre.


Stone Library Installation
Trinity Laban Dance Centre, London, 2012

Stone Library installation at Trinity Laban Dance Centre

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Temporary installation of stones, poems and stories from around the world during International Student Week.

4th Migrating Stone, 2012

4th Migrating Stone, 2012

This summer, Alyson took the 4th migrating stone to the Isle of Iona, Scotland.  The journey was a performance made in collaboration with Fiona Hamilton. 

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TYKYDEW - 2011 - Tremough Campus, Falmouth



Collaboration with sculptor David Paton.  4 granite stones from Trenoweth Quarry installed on the Tremough Campus, Falmouth.  Words carved into the stones: finding, seeking, love, moon, tykydew.  Tykydew is the Cornish word for butterfly.  Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, University College Falmouth and University of Exeter. 


Ephemera – 2010/2011

Ephemera 1

Temporary installations on the Tremough University campus as part of Alyson’s poet-in-residence post in the University of Exeter’s department of geography in Cornwall. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, this residency included organising geopoetic lunches, readings and a variety of poetic interventions in the geography department and on the Tremough campus.


Companion Stones - 2009

Companion Stones

Collaboration with artist Amanda Wray to create a companion stone for a guide stoop in Shilitto Wood. Organised by Arts in the Peak.

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Migrating Stones

'The Migration Habits of Stones' is an international public art project that Alyson began in 2001. Funded by the Arts Council, and made possible by a wonderful group of friends and colleagues, the project is a study of the ways in which stones move around the world and how they occupy a central and often sacred place in most cultures. So far the outcome of the project is three works of art. Each one is a stone with the words, 'And stones moved silently across the world' carved into them by Alec Peever. The stones have been sited in the U.K., U.S.A., and Australia.

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And Stones Moves Silently Across The World


Bedminster Health Centre, Bristol

A poem written to celebrate the transition from an old surgery to a newly built health centre. The poem was installed in the waiting room by Annie Lovejoy and Mac Dunlop who designed site-specific artworks for the Centre.  Their project was called: marking the transition: arts and healthcare.

I'd carve a world for you,
press chisel to air, make mountains
and waves, a fine wooden chair.
I'd bloom a garden for you,
summon sweet-peas from soil, lace light
with birds and bees in flight.
Beloved, I'd open a sky for you,
constellate stars, a sun, a moon,
the fragrance of honeysuckle on a July afternoon

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Milsom Street, Bath

By increasing the pavement widths in Milsom Street, Bath, the council created a new space within the city. In celebration of the new space, the council's ci:te project invited stone carver Alec Peever to create a lasting art work that would further enhance the street and the city. Alec worked with Alyson Hallett and together they have given Bath a poetical pavement which draws on the city's beginnings and future as a spa.

Alec has hand carved Alyson's poem with hammer and chisel into the paving, adding individual words at the edges of the site. Their powerful collaboration has given Bath a public work of art that is available to everyone, every day, at any time.

Poem carved into Milsom Street pavement, Bath.

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"I wanted people to feel that they were being spoken to in an intimate feel a sense of wonder literally arising from the stones beneath their feet."

Alyson Hallett


Stone Carver: Alec Peever
Funded by CI:TE project

All text and poems by Alyson Hallett,
stone carving by Alec Peever


Bradley Stoke Library, Bristol
with Opus Glass Design

The text for this window was written by Alyson Hallett and by young people who attended workshops run by Alyson in the local youth club.


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library glass detail


"Glass is the salt of intellect – a seeing through,
its transparency pushes into dark corners."

Derek Jarman, Chroma


Garage Poem, Hartland, Devon, UK

When I was poet-in-residence at The Small School in Hartland I wrote and sited a poem at one of the garages in the village. Jeff, the owner of the garage, was happy for me to put the poem in the display board providing I put my name at the bottom of it so that people didn't think he'd started writing poetry.

Hartland Garage

Hartland Garage


St. Matthias Library
University of the West of England, Bristol.

Whilst I was Visiting Writer at the University of the West of England I wrote poems and text on the library windows. Shadows from the words and letters sprawled across the floor and bookcases.

uwe glass


uwe glass


uwe glass


uwe glass


Poetry Can competitions winner

After winning a competition the following poem was sited in the city centre of Bristol.


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Watershed Media Centre 2011

This poem was written onto the windows of the Watershed for the Year of the Artist conference when I was writer-in-residence for Arts Council England, South West for the Year of the Artist.

watershed glass

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