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Sea Swallow Sculpture

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The Sea Swallows is an impressive 10 metre tall structure that brings to life Wyre's mythic coast storybook The Sea Swallow.

This is the second structure in the mythic coast artwork trail which islocated at the top of Victoria Road on the elevated promenade at Cleveleys.   The striking feature acts as a visual beacon to draw people from the town centre to the sea front. 

The coated aluminium sculpture has the feel of a book that is coming to life, with the two sea swallows symbolic of the town's protectors emerging from the page. 

The sculpture is inspired by the final paragraph of  'The Sea Swallow' book which tells of two sea swallows that fly over the beaches along the coastline...... 'For at night they stand together on the sea wall, as if protecting the town with their great white wings.'

Extracts from the book are engraved on the granite plinth at the base of the sculpture to provide an insight to the Sea Swallow story......

'Down in the Lune Deep........Many miles below the sea...........A strange boy steals something precious............  The Sea-Ogre awakes.........  And our story begins....... '   

Hannah Magee the book's illustrator has created a graphic montage of various illustrations from the book which is blasted into the granite base of the sculpture.

The sculpture is the work of public artist Stephen Broadbent who has collaborated on the design with the book's author Gareth Thompson and Hannah Magee.  The sculptures have been fabricated and installed by Chris Brammall Limited of Cumbria and the main contractor for the installation works was William Pye Limited of Longridge.

The beautifully illustrated book 'The Sea Swallow' is available to buy from Tourist Information Centres in Cleveleys , Fleetwood and Garstang and also available on-line from Amazon.

 

 

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