Public Art: The Ogre on Cleveleys Beach

Public Art: The Ogre on Cleveleys Beach

If you go down to the seafront you’ll get a big surprise! Have you met the stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach – with glowing red eyes!

The Ogre and the Sea Swallow

The Ogre is a key feature of the story of the Sea Swallow. That’s the specially commissioned story book, combining local folklore, myth and the legends around Wyre’s coastline.

He’s a stone sculpture on the beach which joins the other local pieces of public art that tell a story along our coastline.

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First, where Cleveleys meets Blackpool is the Shipwreck Memorial, next the Sea Swallow, then the Ogres Paddle. Spot the Ogre himself sat on the beach when the tide is out, and finally you’ll see Mary’s Shell . It’s also on the beach but so big that it’s exposed even at high tide.

Where is the Ogre?

You’ll only see the Ogre when the tide is out – sat on the beach at the end of the stone groyne, he emerges from each tide.

Meet him in this clip and see exactly where to find him on Cleveleys beach –

The stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach
The stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach

How to visit this artwork –

Walk north along Cleveleys stepped promenade with the sea on your left.

Mid way between the cinema and the round cafe building at the northern end of the new sea defences (opposite Jubilee Gardens) is a stone groyne.

Look out to sea at the right hand side of the stone groyne, right at the seaward end. Can you what looks like a single big stone? Stood slightly apart from the others? That’s the Ogre.

If you particularly want to take photographs of him, the best time to visit is early in the morning. Later in the day the sun/light is on the back of his head so his face is in the shadows.

The Ogre at the end of the groyne on Cleveleys beach
The Ogre at the end of the groyne on Cleveleys beach

The next video is filmed from the promenade, panning over this bit of beach. It starts with Mary’s Shell, but can you spot the Ogre at the end of the clip?

Cleveleys beach opposite Jubilee Gardens and The Venue

White or Green?

When he was installed and newly made, the Ogre was bright, white stone and easy to pick out.

He is frequently cleaned – but because he spends a lot of time under the water, he quickly goes green. (Aren’t Ogres green anyway?) Then he blends in with the rock groyne – so look closely!

Stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach when he's been cleaned
Stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach
The Ogre when he's starting to turn green
The Ogre when he’s starting to turn green

The Stone Ogre on Cleveleys Beach – under the water twice a day!

As the tide comes in the Ogre retreats to his watery underworld.

When the tide goes out, first the top of his head appears. Then his red eyes come out of the water, until his whole chubby body is exposed for you to look at, touch, explore and say hello to.

Stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach
Stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach

He’s not a small chap. Carved in stone and 2.4 x 1.5m in size he’s a big lad!

Spot the Ogre at the end of the groyne, off Cleveleys promenade
Spot the Ogre at the end of the groyne, off Cleveleys promenade

Installation of the Ogre – January 2014

Monday 13th January 2014 dawned bright, crisp and sunny, although the weather was changing by lunchtime. The installation troops gathered as the tide went out – cheered on by a growing group of onlookers who watched from the promenade.

Installing the Ogre on Cleveleys beach
Installing the Ogre on Cleveleys beach

Installing the Ogre on Cleveleys beach

The JCB was first on the scene, followed by the Ogre laid flat on his trailer, delivered to site by a shiny blue tractor.

Not long later, after a bit of lifting and manoeuvring, our friendly Ogre was sat in his new home at the end of the groyne on the beach, facing the promenade between the cafe and the cinema.

Putting the artwork in place on Cleveleys beach
Putting the artwork in place on Cleveleys beach

Putting the Stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach

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The Original Plans for the Stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach

Carved in stone he’s not a small chap, at 2.4 x 1.5m in size. This was the original drawing –

Original drawing for the Stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach
Original drawing for the Stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach

And this is our friendly local giant –

Stone ogre on Cleveleys beach, part of Sea Swallow artwork trail
Stone ogre on Cleveleys beach, part of Sea Swallow artwork trail

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