Horizon Line Chamber plans unveiled

Horizon Line Chamber plans unveiled

Over the course of Autumn 2018 to Spring 2019, Horizon Line Chamber, a permanent sculptural installation by international land artist Chris Drury, will be created at Sunderland Point, Lancashire.

Morecambe Bay's unending horizons, rich mosaic of habitats, precious nature and ancient heritage have inspired this exciting storytelling, part of a series of significant new artworks to be placed around the Bay as part of Morecambe Bay Partnership's Headlands to Headspace programme.

Internationally-renowned land artist Chris Drury brings Horizon Line Chamber to the atmospheric environment of Sunderland Point. A conical stone chamber remade from hundreds of reclaimed building stones unearthed at the former port settlement of Sunderland Point, Horizon Line Chamber recalls an upturned boat and holds a surprise for visitors who venture inside. A self-contained lens inverts the outside world onto the chamber’s lime-plastered walls, capturing the sea and its changing conditions, our rich bird life and the unique light of the Bay in a transformed perspective and meditation on Morecambe Bay’s evolving environment.

Horizon Line Chamber will be created at Sunderland Point - a unique location at the end of a tidal causeway. The landscape intermingles salt marsh, beach, mud-flats and farmland and attracts its name being ‘sundered from the land’. Sunderland Point is of immense natural and cultural historical significance with a thriving community of fishermen & fisherwomen, artists and a community of residents who work their daily lives to the rhythm of the tides.

The Chamber will be built by Mastercraftsman stone waller Andrew Mason using traditional dry stone walling techniques with the support of the local community.

Image: Sky Mountain Chamber - Italy, Chris Drury 

Chris Drury - an internationally recognised environmental artist, makes site specific nature based sculpture, often referred to as Land Art. Horizon Line Chamber is the fifteenth in the cloud chamber series that can be seen around the world including Sky Mountain Chamber in Italy, Star Chamber in Nashville and Cedar Lodge Sky Chamber in Japan. Morecambe Bay fulfills Chris Drury’s 20 year search a location to site a new horizon-based work and gives rise to Horizon Line Chamber. Horizon Line Chamber will open in late March 2019.

Earlier this year the the artist was awarded Lee Krasner Lifetimes Achievement Award from the Pollock Krasner Foundation in New York. Find out more about Chris Drury’s work here.

To complement the sculpture a series of workshops and artist talks with the artist will held at Sunderland Point and neighbouring Lancaster to be announced in September.

Join the Morecambe Bay Partnership newsletter  to keep up to date with all Horizon Line Chamber updates and opportunities to get involved.

One of five brand new artworks taking place around Morecambe BayHorizon Line Chamber is commissioned by Morecambe Bay Partnership as part of the Headlands to Headspace programme, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

With thanks to the community at Sunderland Point.


Top image: Artist Impression, Horizon Line Chamber