Horden Denes Interpretation

Horden Dene is an area of England on the Durham coast. It was once a colliery here and the beach was (and still is) covered in coal. But since the closure of the mines the coast is regenerating and wildlife that was sitting below the surface is emerging and flourishing. The local community are justly proud of this area and we worked with the community on the sculptural and interpretative outputs for the site.

Concept sketch for the picnic area.
Concept sketch for the Totem Interpretation elements.
Entrance Totem - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
Entrance Totem - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
Entrance Totem - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
Entrance Totem - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
Grassland themed Totem - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
Grassland themed Totem - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
Grassland themed Totem - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
Mining themed Totem - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
View of Totem through stone seating - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
View of Durham coastline.
Stone seating with carved end pieces describing the tools used by miners when the Horden Colliery opened in 1900 and then when it closed in 1987.
View of Totem through stone seating - using Oak, GRP interpretation panel and Metal Photo.
View of Horden Butterfly Sculpture through stone seating - discs describe Horden life and are CNC carved into Corian.
Stone seating based on a circular design using local sandstone. Path goes through the squeeze space into the seating area.
Stone seating based on a circular design using local sandstone. Path goes through the squeeze space into the seating area.
View of seating based on a circular design using local sandstone.
 
Poetry waterjet into Corten steel - 20 mm thick. Each piece represents a butterfly wing - speckled wood.
Close-up of stone seating.
Horden butterfly seen past the stone seating.
Close up of discs from the community workshop held in Horden.
Close up of stone caps on seating.
Close up of stone caps on seating.
Totems being installed by the lads.
Miners leaving the pit - cut into Corten using Waterjet.
Horden Butterfly as you apprach from the steps up from the beach.
Horden butterfly (not cleaned up yet!!) as you apprach along the England Coast Path.
Horden Butterfly being waterjet cut by Washington Waterjet.
Horden Butterfly being waterjet cut by Washington Waterjet.
Horden Butterfly being waterjet cut by Washington Waterjet.
Horden totems in the workshop at Robin Watson Signs.
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