Hidden Delights
Location : The Pines Garden, St Margaret’s Bay, Kent
Materials : Rammed Chalk

Monolith Coccolith (In Memoriam)

Change is the order of things, on all levels of existence and experience. The Earth, and we, are transforming, in a perpetual state of flux - rotating - vibrating - pulsing. Some of these rhythms can be observed over fractions of a second, some take countless eons.

All living things have their stories - past - present - future.

Countless unknown past lives have been reabsorbed into the great living system of the Earth. They too have been transformed – reconstituted through time and biochemical processes. In many cases they have become part of the very geology of the earth.



I was one of six artists invited to create temporary work in the Pines Garden, St Margarat's Bay in Kent during the summer of 2006. I created a piece called Monolith Coccolith made from rammed chalk, gathered from the Pines Calyx site. Other Invited artists, including Sara Wicks, Paul Goodrick, Stephen Williams and Marigold Hodgkinson, created a range of diverse works.

A scientific description of chalk: In England the chalk topographically forms what are known as the 'Downs' in southern and eastern counties. It is exposed in quarries and roadcutting but the best exposures are along the coastlines where Chalk often forms spectacular clifflines, the most famous of which are the 'White Cliffs of Dover.' It is comprised of a sequence of mainly soft, white, very fine-grained extremely pure limestones which are commonly 300-400 m thick. These rocks consist mainly of coccolith biomicrites formed from the skeletal elements of minute planktonic green algae, associated with varing proportions of larger microscopic fragments of bivalves, foraminifera and ostracods. The planktonic coccoliths and many of the foraminifera (the planktonic species) lived floating in the upper levels of the oceans. When they died their skeletons sank to the bottom, combining with the remains of bottom living bivalves, foraminifera and ostracods, to form the main components of the Chalk.

Pines Calyx, an exciting new environmentally sensitive building, is now open to the public in the grounds of the garden.

Click on the web address for more info on the gardens: http://www.baytrust.org.uk/html/pines_garden.html