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firstthereis.jpg Making a mountain out of…
 

Fancy getting involved in a new participatory artwork this summer? There are beaches involved…

Earlier this year artist Kate Paterson launched ‘First There is a Mountain’, an artwork which invites the public to build mountains of sand across the UK coastline. Five special pails have been created which are scale models of five of the Earth’s most famous mountains: Stromboli (Europe), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Shasta (USA), Fuji (Asia) and Uluru (Oceania). At each event participants will use the pails to sculpt beaches into hundreds of mountains to form micro-geologies. The event aims to be a poetic vehicle that connects diverse world mountains to the smallest grains of sand, with participants holding the world’s geography in their hands, time and geology collapsing, and connecting through touch. There are three local beaches involved (see below) and you can find out how to get involved by visiting the website.

First There is a Mountain: Sunday 4 August, St. Aiden’s Beach, Seahouses; Sunday 18 August, Roker Beach, Sunderland and Sunday 8 September, South Shields. firstthereisamountain.com