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About The Tern Project

a maze in the shape of a birda bird flying, carved into stone
The award winning Tern Project is a collection of unique artworks situated along the promenade area in Morecambe, Lancashire.

Morecambe’s seafront is over 5 miles/8 km in length and during the last two decades the original sea walls and promenades have been battered and breached by severe storms. The landward side, composed of hotels, guest houses, private dwellings, shops and seaside entertainment, was badly hit by the floods and calls were made for new defences to be constructed.

Lancaster City Council realised that here was a glorious opportunity not only to protect the resort, but also to improve and enhance the environment by linking an original and exciting programme of public art to this huge civil engineering programme.

In 1990 Morecambe was given substantial government funding for coastal protection and derelict land clearance, and a search began for a theme around which the new Morecambe could evolve a new identity. What could be more appropriate than the bird life of Morecambe Bay? - thus The Tern Project was born.

The TERN project commenced in 1994 with development around the new Morrisons store. Funding for the first phase was from Morrisons, Lancaster City Council and Government derelict land grant. Artwork in the first phase featured the three ‘Rock Islands’ and the new Morrisons foodstore also adopted the TERN theme with bird bollards in the car park and specially designed ‘bird’ seating instore.

Since then exciting artworks have been installed along Morecambe promenade, the Stone Jetty and the area once
occupied by the old railway station.

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Bronze statue of eric morecambe wearing a suite, glasses and binoculars
fish food chain engraved into stone
The Tern Project has been funded by:

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