News on Mythological Coastline & Artworks Update for Cleveleys
Added 29 January 2011
A giant seashell spurting water with the tide, a striking wall of words commemorating Wyre shipwrecks and two sea swallows adorning a 10m welcome beacon.
These are just three of the stunning waterfront sculptures being proposed for the Mythic Coastline, which will celebrate the history and folklore of Wyre's shores.
Plans for five different pieces of public artwork have been lodged this week with Wyre Borough Council by the artist Stephen Broadbent. These will be installed along the coast from Cleveleys gateway to the top end of Fleetwood and will form part of the council's £1.6m Sea Change project.
Depending on budget, up to 12 pieces will eventually make up the trail. But far from being stand alone pieces, each will be linked to an illustrated book bringing to life a mythical world of sea ogres, petrified forests and lost villages.
If plans are given the go-ahead, the trail will start with a beacon at the top of Victoria Road West. Two sea swallows from the story itself are symbolic of the town's protectors and a 3D map of both actual and mythical elements has been incorporated.
Adjacent to the site where the Riverdance ran aground will be a memorial listing ships lost along the Fylde Coast, their date and the nature of the shipwreck. Text will be etched into steel and a circular opening will frame the view.
A golden shell within view of the promenade cafe is proposed for the end of the new stone groyne at Cleveleys. As well as having raised text from the book, an added point of interest will be a tidal blow hole, spurting water for a short period each day before being completely submerged.
Driftwood has proved the inspiration for an installation on Rossall Beach which has been designed as a play area. A six metre curve of steel will include a passage from the book and incorporate glass nuggets, rope knots, balls and fenders. Three large glacial boulders and an ogre's paddles carved in timber will complete the installation.
The final piece needing planning permission has been dubbed the Whirlpool Listening Shell. A steel dish will again contain text from the book, small bronze sea creatures and shells inserted to form a spiral.
Stephen Broadbent said: "I'm delighted with how the project has developed, the coastline has inspired a great story, wonderful illustrations and now a series of dramatic artworks for the coastline which I hope visitors will enjoy.
"I hope that the Sea Swallows will be seen as the symbolic guardians of the town, directing people to the promenade and marking the start point of the Mythic Coastline.
"It's going to be so wonderful seeing this locally inspired storybook and the artwork trail encouraging people to walk and cycle the coastline."
Councillor Barry Birch, Cabinet member with responsibility for the Sea Change programme added: "These are really exciting designs that are certain to get more people down to the waterfront.
"We will have to wait a little longer to see what the Planning Committee makes of them, but if permission is granted we can look forward to a very unique coastline."
Click on this link to see Artists impressions of two of the designs
(sea swallow beacon and golden shell with blow hole)