Construction to begin for Morecambe Bay’s hand-built, sculptural stone chamber at Sunderland Point

Fri, 2018-11-23 11:10

Sunderland Point is a magical place.  Always uplifting to visit.  And now, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and loads of hard work by the community - there's even more reason to visit in 2019. 

Chris Drury, an landscape artist with an international reputation has created a very special new artwork for Sunderland Point sitting quietly on the west shore close to the famous Sambo's Grave.  This piece, 'Horizon Line Chamber' is a dry stone building featuring a camera obscura which throws the horizon into the inside white-washed walls - so it's camera that you can sit inside. At once reflective, calming and yet inspiring.  

Susannah Bleakley, chief executive of Morecambe Bay Partnership, said: "It is a delightful work - beautiful to look at and a joy to be present with.  It's perfect for Sunderland Point and reflects back to us the magic and mystery of the place.  Morecambe Bay is all about big skies and haunting landscapes and this piece by Chris captures that perfectly. And it is perfect for Sunderland Point.  We are so proud that it was featured on BBC Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row - slow radio for Boxing Day, just click here for 25 mins of loveliness to relax with." 

Work began in December 2018 and is expected to finish in January or February 2019.  Master stonemason Andrew Mason is building the structure that will last for centuries and looks like it has been there for decades already. 

The development of the Horizon Line Chamber, is the latest in the series of Morecambe Bay Partnership's Headlands to Headspace arts commissions in Morecambe Bay.

The installation follows the huge successes of Rob Mulholland’s mirrored Settlement installations at Heysham Head and Birkrigg Common, attracting an estimated total of 25,000 visitors, the dramatic twilight dance performances of Jenny Reeves and Ellen Jeffrey’s Longways / Crosswise and the summertime, storytelling walks of artist, Emily Hennessey.  All of these, new pieces specially commissioned by Morecambe Bay Partnership.

Having developed similar chambers around the UK and internationally, Sussex-based Drury responds to the heritage, landscape, naturally occurring materials and skills in the locations in which he works. At Sunderland Point, reclaimed stone from the site is being used - so the piece is true to its place. Horizon Line is gently refective, evoking thoughts of the relationships between land, sea and sky; between communities of old and of now and between views and landscape. 

With the helping hands of master craftsman and stonemason, Andrew Mason, and the residents of Sunderland Point the chamber will acts as a self-contained projector for the world outside.The sea, the changing light, bird, animal and human life will each play a starring role, as a lens built into the sea-facing wall turns this small oratory, shaped like an upturned boat, into a camera obscura.  An ever-changing, upside-down and divided circle (sea and sky) will be projected onto a white lime-washed interior wall.

Headlands to Headspace is a long-term project to complement, conserve capture and distil experiences of the vast, open views, big skies and long horizons, rich heritage and nature of Morecambe Bay.

An open call was made in 2017 for artists to respond to the landscape of the Bay. The works are being produced in partnership with Deco Publique.  

Information about all future events connected with the programme 


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