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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Milford Man & The Egg

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We knew about Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg, but we have only just realised that it was built by Paul Baker.

Paul lives in Milford on Sea and fulfilled another artistic dream by making the drawing concepts into a reality. The egg  measures 6m x 2.8m and is without doubt a work of art with the craftsmanship second to none. It is clear that Paul is a master boat builder, the build design is an engineering triumph in functionality, and the natural materials of douglas fir and reclaimed cedar have created a tactile and beautiful piece of living modern sculpture. 

Paul has been in the marine industry since the age of 13 when he learnt to sail and the following year became a dingy instructor for the Army Sailing Association.

About The Exbury Egg 
Stephen Turner, in the guise of The Beaulieu Beadle, has been working on, in and around the Egg since the 15th July 2013 and the project is due to end on 14th July 2014.

The Exbury Egg is a temporary, energy efficient self-sustaining work space for artist Stephen Turner in the estuary of the River Beaulieu. It is a place to stay and a laboratory for studying the life of a tidal creek, a collecting and collating centre with integral storage & display areas. It will take on the patina of 730 daily tides below the water line, and 365 days of weathering by wind, rain and bleaching by the sun above.

Exbury Egg
Image by Nigel Rigden -
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The Egg is ‘tethered’ like a boat to rise and fall with the tide. The light touch and basic nature of the 'Exbury Egg' aims to re-appraise the way we live; to properly consider sustainably and future use of natural resources. Stephen Turner is interested in exploring a more empathic relationship with nature which reveals the precious and transcendent in everyday life. The artwork created will stem from Stephen’s occupation, developing through direct experience an understanding of local natural cycles and processes and the relationship of the environment to the narratives of human activity in the unending calendar of seasonal life.

Find out more: Exbury

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