Installation of the Poles

The Poles for the stained glass pieces have been installed and rise like ancient sentinels on the sand dunes at Ainsdale.

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The poles arrived as tree trunks and have been transformed  along the way by the team…PHILS WOOD YARD (3)

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from their arrival as raw tree trunk logs..

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to  the stripping of the bark by Paul

and the creation of the window cavities by Phill.

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Finally they were ready to take on site and erect on top of the sand dunes opposite the ‘Star of Hope’ shipwreck.  We arrived with plenty of man-and-woman-power to unpack the van

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and walked up the dunes to assess the best spot for digging in the footings,

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checking the sight-line from the beach.

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The dunes are fragile, so the posts had to be carried up by hand – taking 8 of us in harness to lift  them up the steep slope one step at a time.

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Then the digging could start.

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When the holes were deep enough, the poles were guided in and embedded with more sand..

Great views!


and a well deserved lunch break – pies all round!

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We left the beautiful poles to overlook the dune path

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and await  the installation of the glass…..

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Big thanks to the lifting team:  Anna, Emily, Fiona, Phill, Joe, Adam, Sarah and Sian

Shipwreck Glass Workshop

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On Wednesday we delivered two 2hr workshops in which we created art pieces for the Glass view Sculpture to be placed on Ainsdale sands

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After discussing the shipwrecks and sharing knowledge on this subject we thought about the images that would be most relevant in representing this theme. We then introduced the group to glass scraffito work, a traditional stained glass technique, evocatively described as ‘drawing with light’. We used panes of glass that had been hand fused with beautiful and individual hues of blue, reminiscent of the sky and sea. We prepared these by painting them with a matt black glass paint, ready for the group to work on.

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Choosing from a variety of images including anchors, rope, ships, albatross (traditionally seen as an omen of death and doom if spotted by sailors) and sextant, we then demonstrated how to draw the image onto the black matt and then scratch away the paint to reveal the glass beneath.

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This was quite tricky as the process requires a drawing in negative, drawing with light – it took a lot of concentration and there were quite a few furrowed brows and tongues stuck out! However, as the images became more apparent the magic of the process was really thrilling as the beautiful glass was slowly revealed.

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Everyone worked incredibly hard, the glass pieces look fantastic and are now ready for firing before we select 10 to be installed in the sculpture.

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This sculpture is inspired by the shipwrecks to be found along the coast, with the glass views offering visions of a nautical theme. It is hoped that visitors will look through and gain a glimpse of the past, offering a reflective moment to consider how this shifting-sand coastline has dominated the lives of sailors and the locals who risked their lives to save them.

Free Family Friendly Workshop

FREE family and pet clay workshop

Sunday 13th September 10.00-12.00 & 14.00-16.00

Ainsdale Discovery Center


The fifth sculpture along the sculpture trail will be located around the Formby Point area and relates to the prehistoric man and animal Footprints found in this area.

We are inviting members of the public, all ages, and their pets, to come and take part in creating a foot print which will form part of the permanent sculpture trail. We aim to create multiple footprints during the day which, once fired, will be imbedded in resin within a timber structure.

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The Formby footprints are fascinating marks of people from another time –

Come and leave your own mark for future Sefton Coast visitors to enjoy!

This workshop is free and all ages are welcome and we are encouraging people to bring their pets to make animal foot prints.

Spaces are limited so please do book via this website or our Facebook page