This is the first of the sculptures for Coastline Traces 2015 – on the Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail.
Set on the coastal path and overlooking the wetlands at RSPB Marshside, this sculpture takes the form of a bench, offering a place to sit and gaze at the site throughout the year, with brown hares boxing in Spring, Summer nesting birds like avocets and lapwings, and Winter visiting waterfowl such as pink-footed geese and wigeon.
These wetlands are listed among the top five in Europe for their importance to migrating birds, some of which are quite rare.
The sculpture was conceived and designed by artists Sian Hughes and Sarah Jane Richards, who were commissioned by Sefton Landscape Partnership, supported by Heritage Lottery Funding. The joinery and woodwork was crafted by Phill Gregson from Wheelwright’s Shop using Douglas Fir and Larch.
The artwork embedded in the bench was created in a cyanotype workshop designed and delivered by Sian and Sarah Jane for adults and young people with learning difficulties from Natural Alternatives, a biodiversity and access programme providing work and training opportunities for local people to manage the coast and countryside areas of Sefton.
Many thanks to Tony Barker at RSPB, Rachel Northover, United Utilities, Paul Weisse and all the clients at Natural Alternatives and Fiona Sunners and John Dempsey from Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.
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