New artworks celebrate the history and landscapes of Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay’s beautiful natural scenery and stunning landscapes will be reflected in two new artworks which will positioned on headlands overlooking the bay. Created through Morecambe Bay partnership’s Landscape Art Commissions as part of the Headlands to Headspace project, the history and heritage of this unique area will come to life through these two diverse installations – one exploring the ever-changing conditions of the sea and one looking at the area’s Viking heritage.

 

Internationally-renowned land artist Chris Drury brings Horizon Line Chamber to Sunderland Point. A conical stone chamber remade from hundreds of reclaimed building stones unearthed at the former port settlement of Sunderland Point, Horizon Line Chamber recalls an upturned boat and holds a surprise for visitors who venture inside. A self-contained projector inverts the outside world onto the chamber’s lime-plastered walls, capturing the sea and its changing conditions, our rich bird life and the unique light of the Bay in a transformed perspective and meditation on Morecambe Bay’s evolving environment.

As Sunderland Point sometimes becomes inaccessible due to the tides, please don’t forget to check tide times before visiting!

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Anna Gillespie’s new, permanent sculpture for Morecambe Bay becomes simultaneously a welcoming beacon and a symbol of fond farewell at a traditional point of departure and arrival. Purposely crafted to be of no clear historic reference, yet making overt reference to the Viking longboats of former Bay dwellers, the evidently seafaring structure marks the boundary of land and sea. The two, accompanying ‘boatmen’ figures look forward and back, a reference to both the nature of any journey and the inevitable changes in Morecambe Bay’s landscape, population and industrial heritage, where fishing and shipping sit side-by-side with the contemporary influence of nuclear power. The sculpture will offer viewers the chance to stop and reflect, continuing the Bay’s ancient traditions as a place of retreat, spiritual reflection and pilgrimage.

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