The Channel Islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm and Sark (otherwise known as the Bailiwick) are the setting for new art commissions by artists including Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley and Cornelia Parker.
Following on from his installation at Castle Cornet in Guernsey (2008-10) Antony Gormley agreed to ‘move islands’ and place Another Time XI in Herm.
Andy Goldsworthy’s Alderney Stones consists of ten stones each weighing three tons andmeasuring 180cm in diameter. Contained within each stone are integrated a variety of locally sourced materials. ‘We have incorporated berries, seeds, old tools and discarded gloves – all these materials will then be revealed as the elements and the years wear the stones down.’ Goldsworthy, September, 2010. Made from of the earth of the island and containing elements that he found on the island, the ‘stones’ will eventually disappear and become once again an invisible part of the Alderney landscape.
Sark was the subject of Mervyn Peake’s novel Mr. Pye with a satirical portrait of the islanders, including Mr. Pye, who grew angel’s wings, and a comic portrait of Mr. Thorpe, an aspiring painter. Sark is over 2000 million years old, and is one of the oldest rock formations in the world. Cornelia Parker has proposed a conceptual, poetic work for the island to celebrate their inherent natural beauty. Parker proposes to surround Sark with its own necklace, as one would look to place a ‘string of pearls’ around the neck of a beautiful woman. She will walk the cliff paths, taking with her a pearl necklace and at various vantage points around the island, a pearl (stripped from a necklace) will be thrown into the sea.
The Art and Islands Foundation behind the project is led by founding Director, artist and art teacher Eric Snell, who was born in Guernsey. Snell set up the first art school on Guernsey in 1994.