The Observatory: What's that on the Lymington Sea Wall?

What's that on the Lymington Sea Wall?


Two Black Structures Causing a Stir

Trina Hart from Coastal Gallery, Lymington interviews Mark Drury from SPUD Art Sway.
If you have been walking on the sea wall in Lymington recently, you will have noticed two striking structures, one of which houses a resident artist, the other is for anyone to use, be it for bird watching, sketching, picnicking or just generally resting and taking in the scenery. Either way, they have been cause for discussion, which is what art is generally all about.
observatory sea wall lymington
They are called The Observatory, and are the brainchild of SPUD (Space Placemaking and Urban Design), who are based at Art Sway. This project follows hot on the heels of the much acclaimed Exbury Egg that many of you may well have learnt about from watching Channel 4's George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, where the programme featured the building and siting of the structure a couple of years ago. 
I spoke to Mark Drury from SPUD to find out more about the idea, who it's for and why it is there. Here is an interview we did at the site, which I hope will give you a feel for what is being achieved:
Basically, the aim of The Observatory is to create a sculptural installation that becomes an intervention, a space, a platform, a shelter, a look-out for a series of artist’s residencies to take place. The intervention has been designed through a competition that encouraged collaborations between artists, architects and engineers and students.
obsveratory rope lymington sea wall
What I think is the most fascinating part of this entire project is the way the structure has been constructed to allow total interaction with either the artist. or the passing visitor. If you haven't been down to observe this incredible feat of engineering, then you are really missing out. It's not something one would happen upon very often!
If you would like to learn more about The Observatory, or about SPUD at Art Sway, please visit:
Coastal Gallery in Lymington have a selection of work from participating artists:


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