Island I

About the work

Like a floating object at sea, this hanging sculpture represents the island of Lundy and its shipwrecking history. Edward used the aerial view of Lundy to inspire the shape of his sculpture. This is important as it shows the border between the sea and the land. On Lundy’s shoreline, hundreds of ships have plunged to their fate, driven into the jagged rocks by relentless winds or lack of navigation, the crew unlikely escaping due to its high cliff tops. The sculpture embodies the islands dramatic shipwrecking history through its sharply angled polygon shape. A number of lines cut through the sculpture signify both the islands geological dykes and fragments of debris from ships.

Mariners used knotting to create decorative pieces of macramé, which they would often sell on their travels. Edward has used this process inside the wooden structure to evoke the presence of fallen sailors in the shipwrecks.

This contemporary sculpture encapsulates Lundy Islands history by using traditional maritime practices to create a sense of continuity between the past and present. Island I has the potential to become a larger, outdoor piece.

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