Mythic Coast artwork trail
Wyre's Mythic Coast artwork trail brings a magical element to the Cleveleys seafront.
Striking structures have brought to life The Sea Swallow - a specially commissioned children's story book. Wyre's history and folklore has been brought to life in this illustrated book that will delight children and adults alike. It's a magical tale based on Singleton Thorpe, a village drowned off Cleveleys in the 16th Century, mixed with real life stories from the people of Wyre. Join daring heroine Mary as she attempts to save her village from a Sea Ogre and see all she encounters along the way - from a merboy and a golden shell to the Lune Deep and Great Lost Lake.
Imaginatively written by Gareth Thompson and beautifully illustarted by Hannah Magee, The Sea Swallow is available to buy from Wyre's visitor information centres
All the artworks were designed by North West artist Stephen Broadbent. They were funded through the Sea Change Regeneration Programme that has also seen the building of the new Rossall Point Observation Tower and the refurbishment of Marine Hall Gardens at Fleetwood.
The artwork is an impressive 4.5 metre structure fashioned out of 10mm thick cor-ten weathered steel supported by a timber frame. The names of the shipwrecks along the Fylde coast from 1643-2008 are cut through the metal to create a lighter feel and interesting shadows. A large disc has been removed out of the sheet metal to frame the vistas of the coastline up to Fleetwood, down to Blackpool and out to sea and over to the Lake District. The use of self-weathering steel and timber in the design is intended to reinforce the feel of a wrecked ship.
A 10 metre beacon featuring the Sea Swallows from the book. Made from coated aluminium it creates a landmark at the top of Victoria Road in Cleveleys on the promenade.
Go down to the beach and stand inside the Seashell when the tide is out. It is four metres high, made from stainless steel and weighs 16.5 tonnes. The Seashell was fabricated by Chris Brammall Limited of Cumbria.
Back on the promenade look for a paddle washed ashore. The timber paddle is nine metres long and 1.7 metres wide. It was carved from purpleheart timber by John Merrill and weighs in at 1.5 tonnes. The Paddle bears the inscription "the Sea Ogre's paddle drifted up, to lie on the muddy sand like some strange offering..." taken from The Sea Swallow.
The Sea Ogre
A four metre stone Sea Ogre as featured in The Sea Swallow book is hidden somewhere along the beach at Cleveleys. The Sea Ogre was carved from limestone by Adrian Wright and weighs in at 12 tonnes.
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