Picnicking on the Lincolnshire Coast
Superblue's second shortlisted entry for the Structures on the Edge competition is the picnicking stones, a new structure at Wolla Edge on the Lincolnshire coastline.
Picnic Stones Picnicking is a past time for many of us. Whether it is a grand or humble the English love picnics. There is simple no finer moment in life then al-fresco food hidden away from the rush of daily life. People love nothing more than eating outside on tartan rugs. First there is the food and friends and second there is the search for the perfect picnic spot. Picnicking is a pleasure excursion about people and landscape coming together.
Wolla bank is a perfect spot for a picnic. It is a beautiful location with an exciting landscape from the sand bank to the sand ripples which already provide alternative seating and shelter. The aim of Superblue’s concept is to enhance this and add a sense of play, discovery and change to the space that works with nature and people. We seek to create the perfect picnic spot and to understand the ritual of picnicking.
The Superblue Picnic Stones, a three dimensional picnic landscape, is about people and landscape coming together in a number of ways. The three dimensional landscape creates a space for interaction, play and discovery – with nature, the landscape and the people that you have come to experience the space with.
Over time the 3d picnic landscape will change – wildlife and planting will inhabited it and change it. The sand will blow in, around and across it and the ocean will wash the space clean again, forever changing the space. The 3d picnic landscape also provides seating – sit on different the 3d tartan checks or sit beside the landscape which provides and shelter from the wind at this beautiful yet remote setting.
The materials are inspired by the nature resources in the area – the clay pits. They are made of a ceramic air bricks. These are highly robust elements which can resist the extreme elements of the location which will wear naturally into the beach environment. The extruded bricks will provide visual and tactile surfaces for the ‘Picnic Stones’.
The 3D Picnic landscape is iconic and playful and yet at the same time it works with the location and it rugged environment that is pure nature. Over time it which change and soften as natural takes over and adds to this unique landscape. Will it create a alternative rock pool / habitat for the creatures of Wolla bank? or will plants grow and add to the landscape? The sand around the structure will change as nature and people interact – changing the picnic landscape..