Standing Sentinel


distant Newcastle

Walking along the beach from Newcastle today, I was struck by the way the wooden stakes (I think put in to stop the Germans from landing gliders on the beach) had weathered over the years.

weathered stakes on the beach

I don’t know why the ones closer to the sea might have lasted better than the ones higher up the beach; perhaps the sand and wind abrade wood faster than the waves (or perhaps they just treated the ones that were going to be in the sea, as the other half suggested)

weathered stakes

Either way, they look less like coastal defences now and more like something an artist might have made.

weathered stakes

Mixed medium, wind and sand and time on wood.

weathered stake with hole



3 Responses to Standing Sentinel

  1. Andy in Germany says:

    Makes me miss the sea…

  2. Charles says:

    Makes Anthony Gormley look like an amateur.

  3. disgruntled says:

    @Andy – it makes me miss the sea too, although we don’t really live all that far from it, we just never make the effort to go
    @Charles – ah yes, but I bet his statues would keep German gliders at bay just as effectively

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