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|Title:||Art installation seeks to excite and educate!|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Trust |
|ID & Publication:||20130811041 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been working with Bridlington based artist Anna Kirk-Smith to engage visitors at the Trusts new Living Seas Centre, with an original art installation that tells the story of shellfish off of the Yorkshire coastline.
Thought provoking, resin cast objects cast from the crustaceans themselves bring to life the fascinating real lives of these amazing creatures, and our relationship with them. Working with Fisheries and Wildlife Officer Kat Sanders from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and local shell fishermen from Flamborough and Withernsea, Anna researched her subject tirelessly and even developed new processes to cast the resin sculptures ensuring their clarity and longevity.
Kat Sanders said: ‘This installation has taken considerable time and effort from all concerned, not least Anna who has truly invested herself in this year long project. We are incredibly lucky to have something completely unique and inspiring for our visitors to not only look at but also engage with. The mural has been especially designed to provoke observation and learning using a worksheet that visitors can pick up for free in the Living Seas Centre.
Anna Kirk-Smith said: ‘We take them for granted. Visit a seaside resort and the local cooked, dressed crabs and lobsters are lined up at fishmongers or in restaurants, price attached, waiting to be eaten. They taste fabulous; we digest them and think no more about them.
Through this installation we are rewinding the clock back to before your meal to take time to consider the importance to our culture of two species: the edible crab and the common lobster. They are so much more than a gustatory experience. Within this piece I want to show you their Jurassic sea-bedfellows, their roles in literature and art; the tools, traditions and potential futures of the shell fishing industry, alongside the phenomenal biological narrative behind their adaptations and lifecycles.
I am very grateful to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, project funders, shell fishermen and associated shellfish businesses for enabling me to spend time with these intriguing crustaceans, to PPR (Bridlington) for helping install the artworks and to all for assisting me in tracking the shellfishes’ paths through history to seabed to plate to the Living Seas Centre.’
The installation is part of a wider project to engage with shellfish fishermen across the Yorkshire Coast and is support by the European Fisheries Fund. For more information on this project, please see www.ywt.org.uk/fisheries.
The installation is on permanent display outside the Living Seas Centre for all to enjoy. Visitors to the centre have already been remarking on how striking the artwork is, with many a holiday photograph now being posed amidst the crustacean crowd!
If you have yet to visit the Trust’s new Living Seas Centre it can be found at South Landing, Flamborough. The centre is free to enter and open from 10am – 5pm every day throughout the summer holidays. There are lots of activities and events running over the summer; to find out more visit www.ywt.org.uk/whats-on. You can also enjoy a cup of tea, light snack or even an ice cream!
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