Leigh is a former mining town not too far away and like many towns that were mainly reliant on one industry it’s not had it troubles to seek over the last few years. That said it has a bustling town centre and market, plus decent-ish transport links into Manchester. Currently there’s an express guided busway but there is a feeling growing that an extension of Manchester’s Metrolink Tram system to […]
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I’ve mixed feelings about public art, not against it as such but some of it leaves me feeling a bit underwhelmed. I suppose it depends on what you see as public art. Many a town centre of a certain age has it’s stone flocks of statues to the great and good, local worthies and benefactors. Or commemorations of local events. At least they look like something. I’m not that inspired […]
One of the annual treats I look forward to is a visit to Edinburgh when the Festival and Fringe are on. It’s a time when the normally staid and sensible Scottish capital let’s its hair down and goes just a little bit mad. I know this post is a little bit behind times but real life does have a way of getting in the way of the best laid plans […]
Okay, I’m a big kid. I like travelling by rail and there’s a new train service in town. It’s a reopened route that had been mothballed for a quite a few years and it connects the West Coast Main Line with the route out to Chester and North Wales, cutting a corner off the journey into Liverpool from North Wales. This set me thinking, it meant I could get into […]
The sunshine was back again but with guarantee for how long, so not wanting to see it go to waste I headed out to Liverpool and the Another Place art installation at Crosby on the Sefton coast. This is the stretch which runs north from the city along the Mersey estuary and then up to the resort of Southport.
Another Place is an art installation created by the artist Anthony Gormley it consists of 98 identical iron figures all cast from a plaster cast of the artist’s own body which are anchored into the bedrock beneath the sands in various positions which allows them to appear and disappear as the tide ebbs and flows.
This stretch of the coast is also attractive in it’s own right, a little further along towards the resort town of Southport are the towns of Ainsdale and Formby, between them the stretch of coastline contains National Trust woodlands and sand dunes with a colony of rare red squirrels. The species was once more populous but encroachment by the larger grey squirrels diminished their numbers over the years leaving them with just a few strongholds across the country. The Sefton Coastal Path a twenty two mile walking route also runs through the area.
I used the train to get into Liverpool and then out to Waterloo on Merseyrail’s Northern Line route which connects the city with Southport. Its a short walk from the station down to the shore where I picked up the path along the coast for the couple of miles walk to the statues. On the way I stopped off at the excellent Waterloo place coffee shop, I wanted to fuel up before the walk…….
The sun had brought the people out and the sands were full of activity and after an easy walk it came to where the statues stand, gazing out in silent contemplation as the people and the ships busying up and down the River Mersey all pass by.
My late father was Scots so naturally I have an attachment great affection for the country and have been visiting since forever. It would be impossible/stupid to try and describe all the place has to offer in one post so I’ll just use a selection of nine images chosen from a hard drive that’s bursting at the seams with Scottish imagery. There’s no theme to the choice, apart from all […]