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

Fri, 2018-11-23 11:10

Internationally acclaimed environmental artist, Chris Drury has begun work with local stone masons and the Morecambe Bay community in developing a breath-taking new installation in the region’s incomparable landscape. 

The development of the Horizon Line Chamber, the latest in the series of hugely successful Headlands to Headspace arts commissions in The Bay, is underway, with Drury complementing Sunderland Point’s natural beauty with a multi-dimensional, freely accessible and interactive artwork.

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, each 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, some from collapsed buildings in the area, will be used to reflect the area’s rich history, singular geography and relationship with the estuary waters, but also provide an innovative experience of the landscape for everyone who steps inside.

With the helping hands of Master Craftsman and Stone Mason, 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.

Susannah Bleakley, Chief Executive of Morecambe Bay Partnership, says:

The number of people visiting the Headlands to Headspace commissions in 2018, from within and outside the region, has demonstrated an appetite to engage with new interpretations of Morecambe Bay’s unrivalled landscape and millennia-long human heritage. Over the coming months, Chris Drury and the community of Sunderland Point will build the Horizon Line Chamber, which together with a new footpath and bird hide, being built by the Sunderland Point Community Association, will develop new experiences of an area rich in geographical complexities, forcing settlers present and past to respect and share space with the most extreme of estuary conditions and wildlife and a place of fascinating seafaring and trading heritage.”

 

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.

Making a call out to artists for ideas during 2017, the commissions - being produced in partnership with Morecambe-based arts and festivals practice, Deco Publique - called for creatives to consider all facets of The Bay’s distinct characteristics, including the region’s local heritage, natural beauty, tidal patterns, migratory bird populations and behaviours and native flora and fauna. In awarding artists the opportunity to create new work in the landscape, the suitability of each project in the environment and the potential legacy for Morecambe Bay’s communities sat at the heart of the selection process.

Each of the new commissions provide both residents and visitors around Morecambe Bay the opportunity to engage with the ideas connected with each through events and workshops, including artist talks and workshops.

Information about all future events connected with the programme 

 

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