The Giant Spoon – Northumberland, England - Atlas Obscura

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The Giant Spoon

A giant piece of cutlery designed to remind us about the origins of our food. 


Hidden along the edge of a farmer’s field near the quiet northern town of Cramlington is a piece of artwork that looks out of place. 

An oversized single, silver-colored dessert spoon made out of stainless steel stands at 15 feet (4.5 meters) tall and is embedded upright into the ground. 

The quirky art installation was commissioned in 2006 as part of the “Eat for England” campaign, a national lottery-funded art trail designed to encourage people to get out and explore the countryside.

The creator, artist Bob Budd believed that the best location for the artwork was beside a place where food is created. Therefore its location on the edge of a public footpath between two farmers’ fields is ideal. 

Know Before You Go

There are no signposts from the neighboring town of Cramlington alerting visitors to the presence of the spoon. It's not visible from the nearby main roads and can be difficult to find without instructions.

Access to the field is via an underpass. It is located on the side of a quiet public footpath that runs between the town of Cramlington and the small village of Seghill. The spoon is around a 10-minute walk from the A189 underpass, which can be accessed off the B5105 road.

The route is narrow in certain places and can be quite muddy.

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