line in the stones – tidelines no.41

batten bay beach, southern end, just over the first outcropping of rock.

8 july 2016

stone with a line through it placed on a larger stone outcropping

 

31 july 2016

two stones with lines through them placed on a large stone outcropping

 

11 august 2016

three stones with lines through them placed on a large stone outcropping

this is a tucked away spot on the beach where i’ve collected a ton of limpet shells and found other interesting flotsam. beyond the end of the main beach at batten bay, there’s a long flat outcropping of rock that juts out into the surf, but is easily clambered over to reveal a series of pirate coves and eventually another wide stretch of beach. in the first of these coves is the sheltered ridge upon which i started this piece. i didn’t know i was starting it on the 8th of july, i just put the red stone there as i was leaving with a sack of limpet shells. but it was still there when i went back, so i added another stone. the third one went in a couple of weeks ago, and this week i’m planning on getting back to check on them, and if they’re still in place, add a fourth segment. there’s been a fair bit of weather recently, so i’m not holding my breath, but…stay tuned for an update.

10,000 umbrellas

last september, i started rearranging things on the beaches around plymouth. since early in the new year, in addition to the rearrangements i’ve been doing on site (sites, really), i’ve been collecting limpets for a larger project. at the beginning of may i had 2,600  shells in a box in my studio. at that point, i started documenting the collection process. on the 11th of august, i reached the quota for the project. here’s what 10,000 limpets in boxes in my studio looks like:

10000 limpet shells in boxes in my studio.

add to those all the other limpet shells currently in the studio waiting to be taken back to the beach to be arranged into art, and the total is almost 14,000. i don’t know what it means that there’re so many shells in my studio, but it does seem significant. if nothing else, they represent time, they’re evidence of the durational part of the project, that is, all the hours spent on the beach pickin’ ’em up. so…soon those 10,000 will go back to the beach and be arranged. i might need help. if you’re not busy.

 

interactive art – tidelines 37 and 25

some of the sites at which i make rearrangements for the tidelines series are relatively secluded, and as such, the pieces that go into those sites may not ever get seen other than through the documentation. other sites are much more accesible, so hopefully, the pieces that go into these sites will be seen. one of the points of the tidelines project is to make the work and then leave it to its fate, whether that’s to be destroyed by tidal activity or weather or dogs or kids, or to stay in place for some undetermined period of time. where the pieces are more easily seen, i’d be thrilled for people to interact with them, add their own twist, and then leave them for someone else to encounter and rearrange. ideally the works would become perpetual, and always changing. it doesn’t always work like that. seawall, the first tidelines piece, was kicked apart about 24 hours after i finished it. i was at the beach where it was sited and i watched as someone went along the wall methodically removing every stone one sweep of his boot at a  time. by contrast, though the weather has taken its toll, remnants of 1000 umbrellas were still clinging to the top of the wall at devil’s point in june, about seven months after i put the piece in place. recently, two pieces were interacted with in ways that made me really happy. here’s the evidence, and thanks to my anonymous collaborators.

tidelines 37 - bench piece V

above is tidelines 37 – bench piece V. this bench is one of my regular sites and there have now been six pieces here, many of them started with remains of the previous piece. this was how i left it on the 21st of july. and here’s what it looked like when i went back on the 29th:

bench piece V - towers bench piece V - face

there were a couple of other alterations, but the towers and the face are the most prominent. I left the piece in this state, and when I returned again on the 4th of august, the high tides had done their thing, left a mess and facilitated the next project, bench piece VI (photos in an upcoming post).

tidelines 25 – lightcatcher, is, or was, located in a spot that, whilst not exactly hidden, is not all that accesible either. there’s a little stretch of rocky beach just below two concrete bunkers on devil’s point. it can be got to from the main beach, but it involves a bit of clambering. i first put lightcatcher in on the 13th of may, and other than getting knocked about by rain, it remained more or less untouched ( i think, don’t know for sure), until the 29th of july. here’s what it looked like in june:

lightcatcher 25, rusty iron and seaglass

on the 7th of july, i found another great piece of iron, so i added it to the piece:

more iron and seaglass and a shell

then on the 29th, i found it like this:

altered lightcatcher

the original piece of iron was gone and the newer one had been moved several feet onto another rock and had some glass added to it. i found the rusted tin can and left it roughly where the piece had been previously.

that was two weeks ago. i haven’t been back to check on lightcatcher since then, but i hope there’s something of it left so that i can carry on with a new incarnation of the piece.

albums for the bench pieces and lightcatcher will be coming soon, on the tidelines page. check frequently.

brickwork at high tide

last week (at least, maybe longer ago than that), i went over to mt edgecumbe to check on the brickworks piece. a couple of pieces had fallen off their perches, due to the high tides, but otherwise, the piece was intact. once the tide went out, i repaired the piece, and with any luck, it’s as i left it on the 4th of august. here’s the piece with a 5m high tide.

brickworks at high tide brickworks at high tide brickworks at high tide