|A series of stations,
modern confessionals, where one confesses solely
to oneself through the practice of meditation.
One method is by absorbing energy from nature
through simply admiring its beauty or contemplating
it, and the program of the stations is to provide
a place in which to do this.
The stations describe the harshness of the site,
Chesil Beach, its energy, its dynamic turmoil
and transformations. They are the
images of the process of folding and unfolding,
in order to feed back into each other and themselves.
The stations are placed so as to urge a passage,
which commands the space in which it is embedded.
The critical arrangement of the stations is that
of their order. The ultimate intention is to respond
and merge with this motion.Thus the form and program
of the stations are evolved as movement, namely
the movement of the elements on the site, Chesil
Beach. The motion is that of the shifting elements,
made tangible by the stations.
Chesil may be seen as the final stage in a slow
landward and south-eastward movement of sea floor
material in front of the waves, translated by
the general direction of revolution that the stations
trace. Waves do not break directly parallel with
the trend of the coast, but approach at an oblique
angle; this is reflected in the positioning of
the stations along the beach.
Beach drifting takes place in both directions,
pebble size increases eastwards above the water
line, and westward below. A contradiction echoed
in the order of the stations and their location
on land and in the high water region, an element
of revealment and concealment is at play.
The shadows cast by the sun throughout the day
directly inform the profiles of the forms, the
angle of the sun throughout the year provides
an axis relevant to the stations’ illumination.
The gentle turbulence of the shingle will influence
the stations gradually, nourishing them as they
sink into its incessant depths, ultimately being
teased by their fluctuating, liquid context.