(Above: Iron bird sculptures at the start of the stone jetty)

There’s a strange object near the end of Morecambe’s long Stone Jetty pier. From a distance, it looks like a large piano…

Beyond it is only the sea, so, really, it’s stuck out in the middle of Morecambe Bay. It’s actually one of two new radar stations designed for detailed analysis of the intense tidal flows of these parts – some of the largest in the world.

(Above: beyond is only the sea…)

The strange object turns out to be a mixture things: there is the shiny new tidal radar station, but its protective fence is also being used as a temporary art exhibition to show the ecological work of local students of Lancaster and Morecambe College.

(Above: the work of local students to raise awareness of the local tidal effects of global warming, is posted on the fencing))
(Above: Harry’s picture of a flooded Sunderland Point)

The picture have been printed onto a fabric sheet that wraps around the fencing, so their rendering is subject to breeze distortion.

The project set the challenge of painting likely results from rising water levels and selected two areas of the Morecambe Bay Area: Sandylands, not far from the pier, and historic Sunderland Point, once a bigger port than Liverpool.

Various age groups were encouraged to enter, as indicated by the sophistication of the images.

(Above: Sunderland Point: a peninsula threatened by rising sea-water levels. This port once handled more cargo than Liverpool)
(Above: Sunderland Point – somewhat changed)
(Above: a possible future for Sandylands promenade – beneath the sea…)
(Above: Sandylands envisaged)
(Above: flooded woodland becoming salt-marsh)
(Above: the site of a once-productive coastal farm)

©Stephen Tanham 2022

Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye, a journey through the forest of personality to the dawn of Being.

http://www.thesilenteye.co.uk and http://www.suningemini.blog

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