About 10 years ago our lovely old wooden jetty at Brighton was destroyed by storms and later rebuilt in concrete and steel. The character is different but it does have its own personality and style. a great chunk of the funding came from a telco so we have a tower at the end, disguised as ‘something’ nautical!
Here is a little painting of the cosy spot underneath where families shelter from the sun. It is one of a pair. Might as well show you the other one too.
Now for the jetty itself. This was painted in 2009 when I was just returning to paint full-time, so fairly photographic but a happy summer scene. The title “Good voyage” relates to the sails/flags which form the shelter mid-way along the jetty. An artist colleague Margaret Worth, with Gavin Malone designed three environmental-sculptures under the collective title “The elements at play” for the new jetty – the shelter uses the element of light. The Wiki site shows a nice pic of the jetty as you approach it with the ‘Aeolian Harp‘, the good voyage sails and the telephone tower! The third element involves organ pipes attached to the pylons at the seaward end, just near the surface. (If you click on Margaret’s site you will see a pic of her tightening or loosening the wires on the Harp).
Over the years there has been a lot of controversy about the humming of the Aoelian Harp keeping people awake at night. The wires were loosened but the insomniacs were still not happy. I have trouble hearing it – ever.
Is hearing related to our attitude to culcha?