Thursday, 30 April 2015

Exploring a Forgotten :Landscape near Bristol

 We have been exploring a "Forgotten Landscape" that area to the west of Bristol where the Severn meets the sea and over which most people fly over on the high bridges or tunnel underneath on the railway. It has huge industrial complexes at Avonmouth and salt marshes of international wildlife significance. Severn Beach used to be a seaside resort for nearby Bristol. The bottom photograph shows one of the visitor attractions in its heyday. There was a swimming pool, long since gone. A very old brochure extolling its charms said: "When you see the sort of mermaids who frequent the Pool at Severn Beach you will wonder two things. Why you have never thought of coming down before and where do all these charming creatures come from."
There is a competition to find an artist or group of artists to create an artistic programme and art works to encourage visitors again to come to Severn Beach and the area. We are entering. There is sure to be stiff competition but nothing venture, nothing gain.

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