Mountains and clouds in the sand

VISITORS to the National Trust’s Shell Bay and Knoll Beach at Studland on Sunday 15th September can take part in two art projects celebrating the natural elements of land and sky – Katie Paterson’s First There is a Mountain, and Lorna Rees’s Cloudscapes.

Katie Paterson, who has been touring coastal art venues, puts a new twist on sandcastle building by asking visitors to help sculpt Shell Bay beach into thousands of mountains of sand.

Fifty sets of buckets and spades will be available to use with each ‘bucket’ a specially created hollow scale model of five of the world’s most famous mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (North America), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe), and Uluru (Oceania).

The event starts at 11am with a reading of work by author and natural navigator Tristan Gooley, one of 25 writers invited by the artist to take part in the project at the various venues. His words will be read by Lorna Rees,.

In Cloudscapes, the audience is encouraged to look up and contemplate the ever-changing nature of both clouds and humanity. Lie back on giant beanbags and listen on headphones to the 45-minute show about cloud formation, interspersed with Lorna’s own stories of her relationship with the troposphere and of the journey of a lifetime with her father.

After listening to the work, the audience is invited to visit the Cloud Museum housed in a vintage horse trailer, and at the end of the day they can go meet Lorna at the Discovery Centre.

First There is a Mountain is at Shell Bay from 11am-3pm and Cloudscapes is at Knoll Beach from 10.30am-3.30pm. Both events are free and parking is available at each venue.

Cloudscapes © National Trust / Tony Gill