Public Art: Giant Ogres Paddle

Public Art: Giant Ogres Paddle

The Giant Ogres Paddle is one of the pieces of public art which brings the sea front at Cleveleys to life. You’ll find it on the promenade across from the Jubilee Leisure Park (where the cinema is).

What is the Giant Ogres Paddle?

Wyre has a Mythic Coast. Local folklore including sunken villages and petrified forests is woven into a children’s storybook called the Sea Swallow. The story’s brought to life through a public art trail which winds along the promenade at Cleveleys and beyond into Fleetwood.

The Giant Ogres Paddle is a whopping 9.2m long – in old money that’s heading for 30′. It’s carved from a tropical hardwood called purple heart timber. Scenes from the Sea Swallow book are carved into it, along with words from the story itself.

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It’s a living piece of artwork. It changes colour over time as the wind and rain, sunshine and sand weather the wood and mellow it, just as a real life paddle would. From time to time it’s nourished with wood preservative, to look after it for years to come.

Take a look around it, sit on the arm (and why not take a selfie while you’re there). This is public art for you to see and feel!

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Giant Ogres Paddle at Cleveleys seafront
Giant Ogres Paddle at Cleveleys seafront

Tales of the Mythic Coastline spread beyond Cleveleys and into Fleetwood. They’re woven into the new sea defences at nearby Rossall and beyond.

Installation of the Giant Ogres Paddle

The Giant Ogres Paddle was delivered and put into place on Thursday 12 September 2013.

Grant funding was secured through the national Sea Change project, the aim of which was to regenerate the coast through the Arts.

Take a look at these photos of the paddle when it was being carved in the workshop –

Giant Ogres Paddle being carved in the workshop
Giant Ogres Paddle being carved in the workshop
Giant Ogres Paddle being carved in the workshop
Giant Ogres Paddle being carved in the workshop

And here are some photos of the paddle, where it now lives on Cleveleys promenade.

Giant Ogres Paddle on Cleveleys promenade
Giant Ogres Paddle on Cleveleys promenade
Giant Ogres Paddle on Cleveleys promenade
Giant Ogres Paddle on Cleveleys promenade

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