Mirrored sculpture set to reflect Heysham’s historic coastline

Wed, 2018-08-29 14:35
Settlement, Sculpture - Rob Mulholland at The Barrows, Heysham Coast (1 - 9 Sep) & Birkrigg Common (15 Sep – 30 Sep)

The vast, open views, big skies and long horizons, rich heritage and nature of Morecambe Bay inspire a series of new, public artworks and events, which complement, capture and distil experiences of one of the UK’s most distinct coastal regions. Headlands to Headspace, a series of sculptural and performance landscape arts commissions, are to be unveiled between September 2018 - March 2019.

Settlement is a sky-reflecting sculpture by British sculptor and environmental artist Rob Mulholland which visitors can experience on Heysham’s beautiful and historic coastline at The Barrows, Heysham, Lancashire from 1-9 September. It will then move to the evocative location of Birkrigg Common, Cumbria from 15-30 September.

Inspired by early Anglo-Saxon designs, three mirrored dwellings aim to encourage viewers to consider the influence of people of the past on Morecambe Bay. Six mirrored human-shaped figures complete the idea of the structures and sites as places as human settlement, reminding the viewer of the people working the land and the sea in centuries gone by. By using mirrored surfaces Mulholland brings literal reflection into being, making the viewer and a distorted landscape and sky integral parts of the work. By catching glimpses of themselves, viewers see an image not only in the present, but a hint of those who may have walked in the same landscape in the past.

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

“Morecambe Bay is a magical place, elemental and inspiring.  We’ve carried out a whole range of activities over the past five years to celebrate, conserve and connect Morecambe Bay and our communities.  Hundreds of people have volunteered and thousands have taken part in events.  Through this we’ve explored what local people think is special about the Bay and they told us they are captivated by the constant change – how the Bay is made and remade by the tides and reflects the ever changing sky and elements. They value the views, the birds and other wildlife and how the Bay connects us through the sea to the wider world.  This new commission by Rob Mulholland, seeks to reflect these special facets back to us and help us gain fresh inspiration and look anew at our ever-changing Bay.”

Settlement is one of a series of five newly commissioned artworks around Morecambe Bay.

Information about all future events connected with Headlands to Headspace, the Landscape Art commissions programme. 

News Highlights

Settlement by Rob Mulholland run is extended by popular demand

So many people have visited and been enjoying Settlement at Heysham that we have extend the run until Wednesday 12 September.

Mirrored sculpture set to reflect Heysham’s historic coastline

The vast, open views, big skies and long horizons, rich heritage and nature of Morecambe Bay inspire a series of new, public artworks and events, which complement, capture and distil experiences of one of the UK’s most distinct co

Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Landscape Art Commissions

Between July 2018 - March 2019, visitors and locals will encounter sculptural installations and performance works, celebrating the unique history of the largest intertidal area in the UK, where four estuaries join to form a landscape of spectacula

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