Thursday, 26 May 2011

Channel Islands public art project

One of Andy Goldsworthy's Alderney Stones.
Photo: Chris George

The Channel Islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm and Sark (otherwise known as the Bailiwick) are the setting for new art commissions by artists including Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley and Cornelia Parker.

Goldsworthy's work Alderney Stones consists of ten stones, each 180cm in diameter, weighing three tons and containing locally sourced materials. One work is sited in an old bunker (pictured above).

Cornelia Parker's proposal is for a conceptual artwork on Herm....
'As one would look to place a ‘string of pearls’ around the neck of a beautiful woman, Parker proposes to surround Sark with its own necklace. Cornelia Parker proposes to walk the cliff paths, taking with her a pearl necklace and at various vantage points around the island, of which there are many, she intends to ‘throw’ a pearl (stripped from a necklace) into the sea.

Effectively there will be ‘nothing’ to see but visitors using their mobile phones, will at the various locations around the island, be able to relive the moment that Parker actually threw the pearl over the cliff face.'
Gormley's sculpture is pictured below and follows the siting of a previous work by him at Castle Cornet in Guernsey between 2008 and 2010.

Another Time XI by Antony Gormley, sited on Herm.
Photo: Kevin Rushby

The Art and Islands Foundation behind the project is led by founding Director, artist and art teacher Eric Snell, who was born in Guernsey. Snell set up the first art school on Guernsey in 1994.

To read a travel article by Kevin Rushby about his visit to meet Andy Goldsworthy to discuss the project, visit:

To find out more about the project, visit: 

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