Thursday, 20 October 2016

Sense of Place art installation at Brean Down Fort

On Sunday we set out for a walk along Brean Down, a local headland jutting out into the Bristol Channel. We wanted to visit the "Sense of Place" art installation at the Napolionic fort situated at the end of this piece of land. I had been wanting to visit for a while, but a nasty cold got in the way of our plans.

This week we were all fighting fit and raring to go. As you can see from the photo at the top of this post...Mr. M and Magoo were really raring to go! We had been talking about how the BFG would be able to jump and stride onto Steep Holm (the little island in the distance). I suggested they see how far they could jump and this photo was the end result. It has had a really positive reaction over on my Instagram feed. I think it was one of those moments when I pressed the shutter at just the right time. I love the energy and it makes me smile every time I look at it...

I've been walking along Brean Down since I was a little girl - it's an atmospheric place, bleak and beautiful all in one. I was so pleased to hear that a group of artists had collaborated to put together the "Sense of Place" installation within the wall of the fort at the end of Brean Down.

I couldn't take many photos of the actual exhibits because the Officers Quarters and various ammunition tunnels where the art was housed were very dark and my camera couldn't cope with the low light levels. If you head over to the "Sense of Place" Facebook page you can see more photos of the artwork being created and installed. You can also visit the Somerset Cool blog to see the images they captured a few weeks ago.

The fort is fascinating, steeped in history and pretty eerie. Just looking at soldiers names carved into the stone walls gives you an idea of how bored, homesick and scared they must've been. The "Sense of Place" installation attempted to tune into this history and I found it very moving. I loved the large groups of candles lighting the darkest rooms and it added to the atmosphere of each piece.

Brean Down's fort was built to defend the country against a possible Napoleonic invasion. The fort is now a ruin, but we still love walking around the buildings and have visited a few times with Magoo. The photo above shows a barrack window with views looking back at the landscape at Brean Down. People have lived & worked on this piece of land for thousands of years. This peninsula is very exposed and life must have been hard for anyone deployed to the fort...

The walk started out grey and overcast, but the strong winds steadily blew the clouds away. By the time we were due to head back the Autumn sun was shining. It was incredibly windy up on the top of Brean Down, but at least it pushed the gloomy skies away. Definitely one of our favourite walks to blow away the cobwebs...it certainly clears your head up there.

This week I'm linking up to these lovely blogs:

"Point + Shoot" over on youbabymemummy.com

"Whatever the Weather" over on monkeyandmouse.co.uk

"Country Kids" over on www.coombemill.com

19 comments:

Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) said...

That photo is amazing - it almost looks like they're flying. The fort sounds like a really interesting place to visit and I love the photos of the pieces of artwork that you managed to capture. It also looks like a beautiful place for a walk :-) #countrykids

Coombe Mill said...

A lovely piece of our history there. I do love that first photo, it is so full of life an happiness. You need moments like this when visiting a fort where history is less happy. The soldiers names in the walls must be very moving and the artwork quite striking.

Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

Sarah at Catching the Magic said...

Wow, what a remote and beautiful place so steeped in history! I love the inspiration behind the 'leaping' photograph from 'The BFG' and those art installations are very moving.

Afamilydayout said...

It is a brilliant photograph, I love an action shot. Before I read any words I guessed it might be Brean Down (island behind gives it away), am very tempted to see if I can squeeze in a visit over half term. #countrykids

Coffee, Cake, Kids Blog said...

I love that first picture - great action shot! looks like a lovely place full of history to go and visit. #countrykids

Cheryl | TimeToCraft said...

It's always bracing when we go to Brean Down. What a lovely setting for an art exhibition. Great photos of the walk and enjoying the sea breeze. #CountryKids

Michelle Twin Mum said...

Yep that top picture is just perfect, so much fun. one to treasure always and the art installation looks really good, shame it is a bit far for us. Mich x #CountryKids

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Wow! These are fabulous pictures, especially the first! Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x

ferreroroche123 said...

Some lovely photos there. I love the action and spirit in the first. #countrykids

Sonia Constant said...

OMG how on earth did you get that shot... it looks like they are floating in the middle of the sky. Love it!!

Coming along from #CountryKids...

Ashley Beolens said...

Looks like a lovely place for a walk, remote and windswept

#CountryKids

Becky Willoughby said...

a beautiful spot and thought provoking art

My Two Mums said...

That first image is really something special!

Emma T said...

That is a great photo. I love it when they put art installations in historic places. This looks a really interesting one. #countrykids

pixiedusk said...

I always love Brean and I suddenly miss going after I read this post! I need to go there this week! #countrykids #whatevertherweather

Samantha Free said...

What a lovely place! Your photos are stunning - I particularly love the one with all of the bottles. I love the action shot too - that really is amazing. #CountryKids

Emma Martin said...

Great photos, I bet it was amazing to be in all that open space. Looks like you had perfect weather for it too, the sky looks beautiful!

Popping over from #CountryKids

Heidi Himmethree said...

Fab photos. What a stunning view. The fort sounds really interesting and I like the idea of the art installations.

#countrykids

Jenny Eaves said...

It looks amazing!! I love the photographs, it really looks like a brilliant place to visit, so much to see and the wind in my hair always makes me feel alive! Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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