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Artist has the competition licked

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

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An ever changing record of coastal erosion in Lincolnshire will be visible through an art installation due to be unveiled in Spring 2013.

Salt Licks is the intriguing name given by competition winner, artist and architect Phillip Hall-Patch who responded to Lincolnshire County Council and artsNK's Structures On The Edge challenge, searching for a public art installation to respond to the county's coastline.

This design allows mother nature to become the artist, physically sculpting and licking away at the structure over time. Through the impact of natural elements of rain, sun and windblown sand, Salt Licks will become an ever changing living structure, exposed to the north sea and illustrating the effects of coastal erosion. It will be located at Huttoft beach.

Salt Licks is formed of salt blocks, which, as it dissolves, will return to the sea. From its viewing platform visitors will see a panorama of the coastline along with the big skies of Lincolnshire and the ocean beyond.

The erosion of the salt bricks will reveal the waffle like structure of the concrete beneath, which over time will become home to flora, fauna and nesting birds such as wrens and pied wagtails. Dune plants and seeds will be planted to aid the growth of what will become a living green structure.

Phillip Hall-Patch says: "It's really important to me that Salt Licks is not seen as a sermon on sustainability, more a physical expression – felt through direct experience – that everyone can understand, from school children to scientists, dog walkers and everyone in between. It might even get licked by a passing donkey."

Salt Licks will be unveiled in Spring 2013.

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