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!

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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…..

watch this space!

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

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Star of Hope visit and Glass Art

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Yesterday we had a fascinating tour of some of Sefton’s shipwrecks by the vastly knowledgeable and charismatic Martyn Griffiths. A Southport born ‘Sandgrounder’, Martyn’ s interest in and active support of the Sefton coast spans over 40 years and includes historical and contemporary knowledge of shipwrecks, shrimping and car racing.

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Star of Hope

We visited the Star of Hope, a three masted barque wrecked in January 1883 whose remains can be found lying in the Ainsdale Sands. Over the years, with the sand shifting so dramatically, she can be completely exposed or completely buried. Yesterday there was enough of her protruding from the sands to get a real feel for her size and shape.

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Over 300  shipwrecks have been recorded on these treacherous sands as ships made their way from all over the world to deliver and collect from Liverpool docks. On a beautiful day, with the beach  and sea creating a stunning panoramic view,  it is hard to imagine the terrible storms that battered the ships against the sands, splitting wood and taking lives.

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Inspired by this, we are creating a sculpture that will invite the viewer to take a glimpse back in time, when the winds howled and the seas churned and life and limb were risked. Using a traditional glass art method, originally described as ‘drawing with light’ this scraffito technique has been introduced to us by the wonderful glass artist Verity Pulford.

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We will be delivering glass workshops in which participants will use this reductive drawing process to illustrate an emotive and factual response to the history of the wrecks.