Saturday, December 07, 2013

Maggi Hamblin on Aldeburgh Beach

When it wasn't in danger of inundation, we were able to spend some time wandering on the amazing beach at Aldeburgh. It's a bleak and beautiful place in winter and, at the north end has this amazing sculptural tribute to Benjamin Britten by Maggi Hamblin. The sculpture has words from Britten's opera Peter Grimes pierced into its loosely scallop-shaped structure. It has been remarkably controversial for such a beautiful and well executed piece and was last vandalised in 2011 with the words 'its just a tin can. Move it!' painted onto it. If that kind of person hates it, all the more reason to love it I think.

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