Beach art offers glimpse into future

SEMI transparent beach huts made of fibre glass have been built on Felixstowe beach to highlight worries over global warming.The huts are part of an art work on the shore to make people think about the impact of sea level rise - and how everyone is responsible for causing it.

SEMI transparent beach huts made of fibre glass have been built on Felixstowe beach to highlight worries over global warming.

The huts are part of an art work on the shore to make people think about the impact of sea level rise - and how everyone is responsible for causing it.

Artist Jan Candy together with members of her arts group Purplesnail will be launching the temporary art work today at 6pm and are hoping many members of the public will look, stop and think over the following three weeks.

The three almost see-through huts have been placed on the shore near the Spa Pavilion theatre - and each high tide is swirling around them, highlighting what might happen if sea rises.

The installation is called 100:50 because in the next century the North Sea is predicted to rise by at least 50 centimetres.

Mrs Candy said: “I hope people will be wowed by the image and think more about the problems posed by climate change.

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“A Felixstowe with no beach huts or promenade would be unthinkable to many of us yet it is a possibility.

“The beach and promenade is a great place for social interaction.

“Some beach huts have already been moved back because of the danger of being washed into the sea.

“The installation is designed to make us all think about the consequences of our current patterns of consumption.”

The work aims to make people think about actions which cause a ripple which then impacts on the wider environment, not just the coast, both urban and rural.

Mrs Candy has a science degree and once worked for a human rights organisation called Fian based in Heidelburg, Germany.

She said: “I think public art is a great thing and can have a great impact.

“People come across it stop and think about what it means. Art can really straddle social barriers.”

The art project will include distribution of an education pack to schools and production of a DVD.

It is being developed as part of a new Master of Arts degree course at the University of East Anglia in Creative Entrepreneurship.

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