“One of the largest sculptures recently installed in the UK, the Seafarer’s Sculpture has been created by artist Michael Dan Archer. It consists of a forest of granite columns running across a large earthwork by the sea in the new Port Marine development in Portishead near Bristol.
The 108 granite columns vary in height from 1m to 3m and are arranged in serpentine aisles which the spectator can walk through to the crest of the mound where a stone has been set to sit on and contemplate the sea. From land or sea, the view reveals that the columns form the profile of a wave.
The sculpture was designed to evoke the atmosphere of the sea and to relate to historical and contemporary seafaring. It also indicates Archer’s preoccupation with enigmatic architectural form of ancient cultures.
Text relating to the seafaring history of the site and including the names of ships, cargos, destinations and parts of a poem relating to the sea, has been inscribed on many of the columns.
The sculpture was commissioned through Continuum Arts by Persimmon Special Projects Western and Arts & Business New Partners and was installed in the spring of 2008; landscaping has now been completed and the sculpture is being visited by large numbers of spectators.”