Wave, Vague, Woge, Onda, Unda

On the sloping surface of the lawn five little mounds have been created, each with a roughly dressed stone block set on top. Cut into the five blocks is the word wave, each in a different language –


So the undulations in the land turn it into a sea, and the blocks float on the crests of the waves like boats, or terrestrial flotsam. The sound of the words contributes to the imagined effect of a wave’s build up and resolution, as the vowels and consonants progress through sounds with more impetus to the softer and gentler sounds in the Latin unda.

Wave, Vague, Woge, Onda, Unda (LS Guide, p. 165). Five blocks, Purbeck stone on undulating lawn, Nicholas Sloan, 1998.