A Wing And A Prayer
Public art inspired by the thriving yet vulnerable natural environment at Minsmere on the Suffolk coast.
This is an environmental art project that sees the fabrication and installation of a large, colourful contemporary glass “window” into the ancient ruined chapel standing in the grasslands of RSPB Minsmere. The installation launches a programme of activities inviting all of us to explore our connection with landscape, heritage and each other.
RSPB Minsmere is a fabulous wildlife location on the Suffolk coast comprising woods, heathland, grassland, river and shingle beach - all within view of the potentially expanding nuclear power station at Sizewell! It has an intriguing but little known history from the fleeing monks in 14thC to the manoeuvres of WW2 which, ironically, led to the arrival of hundreds of species of birds and wildlife. Whether it continues to thrive is in the hands of the humans who have always shaped its story.
The artwork in the chapel will have the appearance of a soaring glass “window” of luminous colour for a building which has no roof and whose walls have eroded into irregular shapes. Glowing like a jewel in the greens and ochres of the landscape it will be a joyful celebration of life but also a poignant reminder of the impermanence of the form that life takes. It will be called “A Wing and a Prayer”.