tidelines is a series of engagements between me, the beach, and things i find and pick up at the beach. the project began in september 2015 when i put several hundred stones in a line along the flat edge of a seawall on a beach in plymouth. At the time i didn’t know i was starting what would become an ongoing project and lead to 40 (as of august 2016) separate ‘pieces’ of work over 11 months of activity (so far). At the time i was just rearranging stones on the beach, which is something i’ve been doing since i was two.

since that impulse that started when i was so young and has continued to manifest itself whenever i’m near the edge of the land (plymouth has a lot of edges), has been given free reign to direct my activities in recent months, it seemed worthwhile to keep track of occurances while they occurred. after 40 ‘rearrangements’, there’s a lot of documentation of a simple act (picking things up, moving them, putting them down), that has evolved into a practice and resulted in what appears to be a body of work. more on that soon. for now, have a look at some photos.

click on the images below to see galleries of several of the rearrangements. there’s a gallery of images of another early tidelines project (‘2000 Umbrellas’ – 11-15 oct. ’15), in the sidebar. for a list of all the projects to date (as of august 2016), click here. to see some photos of tidelines no.1 ‘seawall’, click here.

she's a brick house
tidelines no.38 ‘brickwork’
found brick fragments arranged on 36 girder ends along seawall, mt. edgcumbe, cornwall
20 july 2016


it's alive
tidelines no.7 ‘1000 umbrellas’
1000 limpet shells in a line along the top of the seawall at Devil’s Point, Plymouth
29 Sept – 6 Oct 2015


tidelines 35 'barrier'
tidelines no.35 ‘barrier’
1000 limpet shells on concrete structure, batten bay, mt. batten plymouth
16 june 2016


tidelines no.12 'terrace'
tidelines no.12 ‘terrace’
approx. 1000 limpet shells in a series of double lines on a ‘hidden’ terrace along the walkway around the end of stonehouse
1-13 oct, 24/25 oct, 8 nov 2016