30 Sept 10.37am
Tide going out – low tide is at 12ish
A heron is out on the rocks, I think it’s a grey heron, there have been 3 here at a time this week. Flat, grey skey, muted, cloudy, miserably beautiful. I feel clouded, I have PMT which send me into an anxiety spin. Turnstones feeding on the rocks. A boy and this father play by the tides edge. I imagine them submerged underwater.
Browns and greens, mostly browns, the seaweed pops as you stand on it. What do the Turnstones feed on? I want to be closer to them. A man strides towards, eager and smoking a thin cigar. The sound of the traffic rumbles on behind, reminding me of the cause of rising sea levels. The eager man does a fast lap of the beach, the Turnstones hustle about disturbed. The man is white and balding, he is wearing a cap so its hard to know for sure. Another white man with a cigarette ponders the shells. Are these relics from the future? The shell man pushes some phlegm out of his nose.
Do the Turnstones feel the change? Do they know that they may be moved? Do they adapt?
Moving through the mess, feeling the sense of the day - where are they and where have they been, where are those places when the sea retreats? Shifted, changed. The tide is coming in and the tide will swallow up this place before it's even been built. I wonder what the children of the statue shall even be able to find or do in 2050. A queering of time, a projection forward and back. A place of ongoing-ness. How can I use my side to side-ness and up and down-ness to engage with this place, the tides, the Turnstones as they flap and feed making sounds? What will their habitat be in 2050?
1950 to 2050 – where do all of these years / times happen simultaneously?
Where does landscape, time memory, identity overlap?
How do we note the passing of time?
Running to the beach? Listen via link...
Words are description of the Saltire Sq statue https://canmore.org.uk/site/302213/edinburgh-saltire-square-going-to-the-beach
Sea recording at Wardie Bay
The statue of 2.4 children, will it be underwater in 2050? They were sold an idea, it was never realised, it was a lie. They are running towards a future that doesn't exist.