This is the third of the sculptures for Coastline Traces 2015 – on the Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail.
Set on top of a sand dune on Ainsdale beach, opposite the wreck of the Star of Hope, these two pole sculptures were inspired by the history of the multiple shipwrecks off the Sefton Coast. At the start of the 19th Century, a large volume of trade passed through the Port of Liverpool, which meant navigating the Sefton Coast. With its shifting sandbanks and terrible storms this area was treacherous and many ships were wrecked.
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.
The artwork embedded in the poles was created in scrafitto glass workshops designed and delivered by Sian and Sarah Jane to participants of Creative Alternatives, a pioneering Sefton based programme providing arts on prescription to adults with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.
Many thanks to local historian and shipwreck expert Martin Griffiths, to Verity Pulford Glass, all at Creative Alternatives, Rachel Northover at Sefton Coast & Countryside and to Fiona Sunners and John Dempsey from Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.
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