Project Description

Cairn: Sea-worn, land-slipped tarmac

Sea-worn, land slipped tarmac, perspex acrylic letter trays.

35 x 26 x 38cm.


The photographs on this page show two cairn works set up in the locations where their material content was sourced over time. 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.

On a secondary level, the resulting variations on the traditional cairn form stem from an interest in the process of selecting, filtering and stacking as an instinctive human sculptural/material response – the cairn as a physical marker of ‘objects marked’, in and of a place.

  • Sculpture of sea worn tarmac stacked in letter trays
  • Sculpture of tarmac like stones stacked in letter trays on a rock on a beach
  • Tarmac worn smooth stacked in letter trays as seen from above
  • Carin sculpture from a distance at Freshwater Bay
  • Worn concrete looking like stones stacked like a cairn
  • Cairn of worn concrete rocks stacked in series of letter filing trays

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 on the beach to the right, broken off from both C19th and C20th 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 erased.

Cairn: Sea-worn bricks

A third Cairn was also produced and all three featured in an installation for Sculpture Network’s ‘Start 18’.