Wildernest at the Beach House is Dead Good Guides' ongoing work at Baycliff, Ulverston, Cumbria, on the northern shore of Morecambe Bay.
March 2013: Wildernest Land Management
At an unusual local auction where 30 acres of Morecambe Bay foreshore and woodland came under the hammer, we managed to acquire a handkerchief sized plot of 2 acres running north from the Beach House. Labelled 'Manorial Waste'
its ownership goes back in time to the Middle Ages. August 2013: Gathering People and Energy
So, we have a patch of scrubland on an embankment of loose boulder clay, countless neglected small trees, loads of brambles and the foreshore up to the mean high tide mark. A public right of way - the Cumbria Coastal Way footpath runs along the tideline.
We are making installations, arts and environment workshops and gatherings:
1 September 2013: Putting a Peg in the Ground
Icons for an Unknown Faith - enameled plaques on the theme of 'Stations of Evolution', designed and fired in the studio kiln and set along the garden wall. Following in the well worn if unlauded traditions of vernacular Outsider Art.
Whirlygigs and Weathervanes - more animated wind sculptures, dubiously engineered, reflecting dreams and nightmares from the deep.
Bio-degradable Funeral Urns - how to produce a casket for cremated remains that is beautiful, dignified, sacred and connected to what used to be called 'Nature' and holds together long enough before it dissolves rapidly in the sea.
The first event in our Wildernest project: Fires and Soups. Songs and Stories. Flags and Whirlygigs. Weather Vanes and Washed Up Sculptures. Friends and Conversation. Sounds and Music. Films and Fantasies. Icons for an Unknown Faith.
October 2013: Planting
Planting Winter Wildernest onions and potatoes on the beach in Lazy Beds.