Environmental Art – Time & Tide
This was a site specific time-based installation created as part of Brighton Festival in 1989. It highlighted hidden pollution in the sea. My research was based on a Greenpeace document The Tide must Turn into polluting chemicals. Naturally formed round chalk stones from the cliffs were gathered and painted with a water-based poster paint with the names of chemicals that exist in abundance in our waters. The line of stones was placed just below the high-tide mark. As the tide came in it washed over the stones, and the words disappeared. Like the chemicals, the painted words dissolved into the sea, out of sight and out of mind.
It is shocking that it is thirty years since this I created this installation. If any thing the waters and oceans have become even more polluted. It is time for the tide to turn.