In classical religion a genius loci was the protective spirit of a place. In contemporary usage, genius loci refers to the distinctive atmosphere of a location, or a spirit of place. It is this spirit that Stephen Newton’s sculptural practice has drawn on since 1987. His process and evolution as an artist are closely connected to the intrinsic energy and beauty found in natural materials, which he uses to explore relationships between human nature and natural and built environments. This book is a selection of pivotal works from Newton’s practice over the last twenty five years including studio work, indoor sculptures, environmental installations and major commissions.