Sculpture of a concrete rock cairn using metal filing trays installed on a sea wall

Cairn: Sea-worn, land-slipped tarmac

Media: Sea-worn, land-slipped tarmac, perspex acrylic letter trays, 35 x 26 x 38cm, 2017

This cairn and the one below were briefly reinstalled back in the locations where their material content was sourced. Here, the first at Compton Bay beach, West Wight. The tarmac ‘stones’ originate from the fast disappearing National Trust car park on the cliff top above. The broken-off lumps having been worn round by the sea on the beach below, starting to resemble natural geology.

The use of filing or letter trays, stem from an interest in the process of selecting, filtering and stacking as an basic instinctive human sculptural/material response – the cairn as a physical marker of marked objects, in and of a place.

Cairn: Sea-worn concrete

Sea-worn concrete, chrome wire letter trays.

38 x 27 x 66cm.



The ‘rocks’ in this cairn were found at Freshwater Bay, West Wight, intermingled with flint and chalk pebbles. Broken off from both 19th and 20th century cast cement and shingle sea-defence blocks, in various past attempts to hold back the eroding power of the sea.

The concrete chunks selected for the cairn evidence the years of being worn down, of being reclaimed from the manmade by natural forces, being smoothed round as they are gradually and patiently being reduced to grains of sand and eventually, one day be erased.

Cairn: Sea-worn bricks

Sea-worn bricks, painted steel letter trays.

29 x 38 x 102cm.



A third cairn, was assembled working with sea-worn bricks collected from the sea around Fort Victoria on the North West coast of the Isle of Wight.

Together with the previous two cairns, it was installed inside a WWII bunker as part of Sculpture Network's Start '18 as a joint exhibit with Lisa Traxler.

The theme for the Europe-wide event was 'building' and this installation was intended to relate to architecture, where the structure of the letter tray shelves, could also be seen to reference the constructed floors of ascending towers.

The three Cairns here have been paired with A5 archival c-type prints each and are currently on display in the Annexe Gallery at Ever Garden during open days or viewable by appointment.

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