Marine marker

November 13, 2008

This artwork of raised terracotta lettering, a quote about Darwinism from John Ruskin, is home to an array of starfish, crabs, whelks and other sea creatures.

It was created by Cath Keay, a fine art PhD student, as part of Newcastle University's celebration of "The Year of the Dove" marking 100 years of marine science at its Dove Marine Laboratory.

Ms Keay's work has ranged from a wax sculpture in an active beehive to terracotta advertising signs under a pier. "I've always been interested in the natural world," she said. "Over time it is possible to see the way in which the animals adapt to and alter the artworks, creating beauty in nature's response to human intervention."

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