Monday, 26 August 2013

Exbury Egg

The Exbury Egg will be a temporary, energy efficient self-sustaining work space for artist Stephen Turner in the estuary of the River Beaulieu. The Beaulieu River, formerly known as the River Exe, is a small river flowing south through the New Forest in the county of Hampshire in southern England. The river is some 12 miles long, of which the last 4 miles are tidal.
The 'Exbury Egg'

The Egg is a place to stay and at the same time a laboratory for studying the life of a tidal river.  The Egg will be ‘tethered’ like a boat and will rise and fall with the tide. The 'Exbury Egg' aims to evaluate the way we live, to consider sustainably and future use of natural resources. Stephen Turner is interested in exploring a closer relationship with nature. Developing through direct experience an understanding of local natural cycles and processes and the relationship of the environment to human activity in the seasons of the year.

The Egg Afloat

To quote Stephen Turner ‘Climate change is already creating new shorelines and habitats. Established salt marsh is being eroded by a combination of rising sea levels and falling landmass and the entire littoral environment is in a state of flux. The implications for wildlife and for the flora as well as for people are challenging. Raising awareness of the past and the unfolding present of a very special location will be the task, whist living in an ethical relationship with nature and treading as lightly as possible upon the land.’


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