funny goings – on in Bexhill-on-Sea
July 7, 2011
Firstly, no apologies for not photoshopping these pix into things of beauty. Also no apology for the rant! Rother Council have been ‘doing up’ the promenade. Incidentally, you’re not allowed to cycle on it so this poor chap has to rethink. And they’ve succeeded in bringing in a load of clutter – kerbs, huge lights, concrete walls and dolls house scale planting – to the sea front. Why?
Bins for rubbish, bins for dog’s rubbish, bollards and many more items of street furniture ‘necessities’ in a narrow strip along the sea walk . . .
Other countries can do this better. Two examples from Manhattan: Manhattan Waterfront Greenway
Note the position of benches here – pedestrians walk behind so not obscuring the view from the seating – but also seating where a group of folks can have decent conversation. Note the simple but appropriate scale of the planting that is relatively low management – unlike Bexhill who must have large numbers of landscape maintenance teams – I think not! Another example from pragmatic but aesthetically interesting Manhattan is the narrow High Line. Planting design with an appropriate scale along with well-selected and placed street furniture makes a delightful experience even in an exposed situation.
Back in Bexhill, patches of grass because we’re English! Strange structures on the grass – so is it a play ground next to the road?
And how do we walk around the benches without stepping into the planting. Oh such basic design faults!
Better to look at the sea on the way to the de la Warr pavilion and forget the frustration of poorly conceived and executed landscapes. Onto another ‘landscape’ installation on the roof terrace. I was looking forward to Dune . . .
. . but not to be. So 2 images from the website to give an indication of why one might want to sit on a roof terrace with some sand as against the beach right next door!
There’s more construction work happening around the pavilion – more refurbishment to improve the quality of our lives – and Rother County Council are spending again.
I’m not confident but hope I’m proved wrong. Another exhibition is a video by Catharine Yass . Yes it is disorienting, as the poster warns, and also causes giddiness. Help! The viewer is whisked up in the air by helicopter, thrown around up side down and then dropped into the sea. Mmmm! Could I do this to the Council?
Like a ride at the fun fair. A strange visit to Bexhill – maybe I was just out of sorts.
As they have safely reached the Church,
It seems a thing to smile at
That, to direct them in the search,
We had a Pounch-as Pilot. John Banister Tabb An Incongruity