As part of Pioneering Places, East Kent, Conrad Shawcross took part in a competition and pitched ideas to classes in two local schools. He won; the students from Ramsgate Arts Primary School and St Laurence-in-Thanet Church of England Junior Academy commissioned the artist to create Beacons, a sequence of large disc-like sculptures that were installed on Ramsgate’s East Cliff in September 2021.
Embodying the themes identified by the children – play and playfulness, caring and modern machinery – Beacons sees four colourful structures guard the grade-II listed East Cliff bandstand. Standing tall – and at first glance resembling ‘lollipops’, according to the artist – they reference the Royal Harbour’s tourist legacy and maritime history both: beckoning viewers towards the historic bandstand, the sculptures also call outwards, towards the sea.
Concealed within the colours and perforations of each disc is a coded alphabet that Shawcross devised with the local students. Each sculpture represents a letter and together they send a message chosen by the children: H-O-M-E.
Photopolymer print on matte 315gsm
42 × 29.7 cm
Edition of 150 (with signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity)