First There is a Mountain

First There is a Mountain

‘First There is a Mountain’ was a participatory artwork by Katie Paterson which toured the British Isles’ diverse coastline from 31 March to 27 October 2019.

Consisting of a unique public edition of ‘buckets and spades’ in the form of world mountains, the artwork toured twenty-five high profile coastal art venues around the UK on a weekly/bi-weekly basis.

Taking place each Sunday over the thirty-two week period of British Summer Time, each venue staged a unique sand pail building event on their local sandy beach, inviting the public to transform their beach into mountains of sand.

On Sunday 6 October 2019, The Atkinson teamed up with The National Trust and journalist/author Simon Ingram on Formby Beach.

The artwork formed a time-based topographical map connecting the Earth’s oldest rocks with the UK’s geological landscape, celebrating the local, national and international. This film documents the artwork.

Download the ‘First There is a Mountain’ digital anthology here.

Posted on 9 April 2020 under Exhibition, General news

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