Marine Works

In the 1980’s Gordon took up scuba diving, renewing his interest in marine biology, physical geography, evolution and geological time scales. On an educational trip to the coastline of Morecambe Bay  he began a series of environmental works exploring the cyclic nature of the natural world and concepts of geological time. Aware of tropical fossils in the limestone rock, and the slow breaking down of those rocks to pebbles and eventually to sand, he was also conscious of the deposition of those sands and their eventual re-emergence as sandstone. The massive tides of this area play such an important part in the movement of these sediments, and the breaking down of the rocks, and it was part of these works that the tides would submerge and change them twice a day, returning their component parts to a natural order, but with a subtle alteration to that order as a consequence of their intervention.


Gordon Fletcher