The Stone Jetty
Flock of Words
The 'See Wall' depicts the estuarine food chain of Morecambe Bay, from plankton to birds. It is set out in a spiral form starting with a representation of the sun (ultimately the power behind the Bay's ecosystem) then moving along a path through 'pockets' representing each level of the food chain and culminating in the viewpoint area.
As you walk through the spiral path you will find yourself in a world of texture, form, pattern and words, all carved into the sandstone wall or the paving that you are standing on.You can see the intricate patterns on the shell of the crab, you can run your hands over the back of the ragworm, stroke the flounder's tail.You are in a space where there is no scale and what seems to be wriggling in a rock pool could almost be fossilised.
You encounter six different types of life that co-exist in this inter-tidal area:
1 Plankton - diatom + larvae
2 Shellfish - cockle
3 Worms - ragworm/lugworm
4 Crustaceans - crabs + larvae
5 Fish - flounder
6 Wildfowl and waders - curlew/shellduck skull
Words describe the specific nature of the land and water in the very rich feeding grounds for all types of life forms in the Bay: saltmarsh, mudlfats, brackish, tidal, turbid, detritus.
At the top the 'See Wall' presents you with a magnificent view across the Bay to the lakeland hills.This viewpoint also incorporates six sets of 'dishes' - microscopic slides or petri dishes delving into and displaying the eating habits of each of the level of the food chain.
The See Wall was funded by Lancashire Tourism
Partnership's Single Regeneration Budget Programme.
Design and carving:
Gillian Forbes & Colin Begg
Landscaping: Jim Hodson