Wild Eye Free Local Open Day at Scarborough Castle

Posted on 06.07.2022

Wild Eye is an ambitious project by art-science organisation Invisible Dust and Yorkshire
Wildlife Trust, here in collaboration with English Heritage. Wild Eye works with leading
artists to create artworks that highlight local wildlife, engage local communities and raise
awareness of the effects of climate change on our coastal environment. 

Wild Eye commissioned Ryan Gander (OBE, RA) to create a new sculpture for English Heritage’s Scarborough Castle headland, which opened in March. The sculpture We are only human (Incomplete sculpture for Scarborough to be finished by snow) has been created in the shape of a dolos – a form normally used as a defence to prevent coastal erosion. The sculpture is purposely only partially formed as it is intended to be completed by snowfall.  Due to the changes in weather conditions caused by global warming, this work may never be seen in its original ‘complete’ form so draws our attention to the threat of climate change.

Because the new sculpture is sited within the castle grounds, for the next 10 years English Heritage is offering four days each year when local families from YO11, YO12, YO13 postcodes will be able to visit the castle free of charge, to view the sculpture and learn about the messages behind it. Wild Eye will also organise activities and guides to art and nature for local families to enjoy while viewing the sculpture. Just bring proof of address to show at the entrance.

FREE Activities over the weekend include:

Headland History with English Heritage (11am and 1pm, each day)

MakeSun Pictures (Cyanotype) with local artist Jacqui Barrowcliffe (12-2 each day, drop in)

Dolphin and Porpoise spotting with Stuart Baines from Scarborough Porpoise/ Sea Watch Foundation (12-2  each day, drop in)

The announcement of the name of a Dolphin that visits the Scarborough coast, which was selected by Citizen Fin, from suggestions by local people at the launch of the sculpture in March. 2.00pm Saturday.

Take part in Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Great Yorkshire Creature Count’- asking Yorkshire folk to spot, count and record the creatures in outdoor spaces. https://www.ywt.org.uk/great-yorkshire-creature-count.

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