Bay sea wall mosaic moves a step closer

One of the mosaic designs for the sea wall at Robin Hood's Bay.
One of the mosaic designs for the sea wall at Robin Hood's Bay.

Plans for the installation of an 80m long mosaic at Robin Hood’s Bay moved a step closer with the North York Moors National Park Authority preparing a section of the sea wall ahead of the artwork being mounted towards the end of this year.

The local community joined rangers and apprentices from the North York Moors National Park to paint an unloved section of sea wall adjacent to a path that visitors follow to reach the popular village.

The mosaic, which is being created by artist Ruth Wilkinson in her studio at Pateley Bridge, is being funded through the Coastal Communities Fund as part of the Sea Life, See Life project.

The artwork will comprise numerous individual hand-glazed pottery tiles mounted on a series of panels stretching across 50m that will then be fixed along the 80mlength of painted wall.

The final designs will depict an iconic image of the village as well as following key themes and historical references in the 160 million-year history of Robin Hood’s Bay, from the dinosaur era through to the heyday of smuggling, notable points in the RNLI’s history, fishing and the rise in popularity as a seaside destination.

As part of this, the national park also invited people to bring along small mementoes of Robin Hood’s Bay finds such as coins, fossils or stones that the artist can incorporate into some of the tiles.

The mosaic is due to be completed and installed over several days in November.

Emily Watson from the North York Moors National Park said: “Local businesses and villagers have been heavily involved in the design of the mosaic which will turn a blank wall into a vibrant, inspiring piece of art that will create a great impression as visitors make their way into the village.

“The incorporation of people’s mementoes will personalise the artwork even more and add further interest alongside the artist’s interpretation of the village’s history.”

The Sea Life, See Life project covers a 36-mile stretch of coastline which includes Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.