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Sand mountains project coming to Scilly beach


A new UK-wide participatory artwork recreating the world's mountain ranges is coming to Porthcressa beach this weekend.

'First There Is A Mountain', by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, invites islanders to build mountains of sand "to form micro-geologies", using buckets made in the shape of world mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (USA), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe) and Uluru (Oceania).

The sand pails are made from 100% fermented plant starch and are fully bio-compostable. At the end of the tour, they will be composted, reabsorbing back into the natural environment from which they were created.

The artwork is touring to 25 coastal venues around the UK this summer, with each one staging a unique sand pail building event on their local beach.

Each location will have a specially-commissioned piece of writing. The Isles of Scilly's piece is by author, artist and adventurer William Thomson.

Everyone is invited to take part in the project, whether by making the mountains, watching them take shape or just listening to a reading of William's piece.

'First There is a Mountain' takes place at Porthcressa beach from 10am until 1pm on Sunday April 14th.

Watch Katie Paterson's video about the project below:


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