Shell-ter takes an environmentally responsible approach to the creation of artwork, exploring ideas with a slow art ethos. The fibonacci spiral and domed structure expresses the themes of; creation and destruction, growth and decay, material reuse, natural and human habitat. It provides a shelter in the Eco Centre garden for small creatures like insects and lizards. Shell-ter will continue to evolve over time and in the longer-term, the bricks and tiles can again be reused.
The sculpture by public artist Kate Maddison is made from glazed ceramic tiles and bricks donated by Chrysalis Arts and salvaged from Shaws of Darwen when they still made traditional architectural terracotta. Kate worked with expert dry-stone wallers; Philip Dolphin and Anthony Whitaker to build the sculpture, with the assistance of Darren Lloyd from Southport Eco Centre and volunteer Jamie Marsh. Members of the local arts community from Southport Contemporary Arts added their ceramic artworks.
Shell-ter connects with the Nautilus water sculpture on Lord Street, also by Kate Maddison, Chrysalis Arts, and celebrates the town’s sculpture, arts and crafts architecture and Southport Eco Centre’s mission to raise awareness of coastal sustainability. It was created in May 2019 as part of The Art UK Sculpture Project, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.