This is the fifth of the sculptures for Coastline Traces 2015 – on the Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail.
Set within the Natural Trust’s Reserve site at Formby, just along from the Red Squirrel Reserve off Cornerstone walk, behind the caravan park, this sculpture was inspired by the prehistoric human and animal footprints that can be found along the coast. An ancient coastline, which has long attracted human habitation and activity, our modern day clay footprints offer a contemporary response to the marks left behind by our ancestors.
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 clay footprints were created by local people of all ages, and their pets, who were invited to participate in an open day event designed and delivered by Sian and Sarah Jane.
Many thanks to Andrew Brockbank and Gordon Parmentor at The National Trust, Chris Turrell-Watts and Don Parkinson from Southport Ceramic Studio, to all the people who took part in the drop-in workshop and to Fiona Sunners and John Dempsey from Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.
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