This community arts project, which is the brain child of Marcus Vergette, is to make a permanent installation of the Time and Tide Bell at the high tide mark at a number of diverse sites around the country, from urban centres to open stretches of coastline. The rise of the water at high tide moves the clapper to strike the bell. Played by the movement of the waves, the bell creates a varying, gentle, musical pattern.
HappisburghThis North Norfolk location been chosen by the artist for its unique qualities. The beauty of this stretch of coastline is only matched by its long history of human habitation and, sometimes, embattlement. The oldest human footprints ever found outside of Africa were discovered here on Happisburgh beach. Dating from 900,000 years ago when the North sea was a land mass connecting Britain to main land Europe a gentle tide of settlers passed this spot. Below the waves there are other signs of later travellers who came to grief on this treacherous stretch of coast.
The Bell's SignificanceEach site of a Time and Tide Bell tells its own unique story. Although the sculptor Marcus Vergette has chosen the site he does not wish to exert any control over the sculpture once installed. Each bell has a locally chosen inscription on the clapper, often a piece of poetry. Here in Happisburgh the bell will mark a point of reflection about the power of nature and mankind's accommodation of change.
Revised design for the Happisburgh
One half of the bell has been delivered to Happisburgh Primary School's playground where it can be viewed from the pavement.
BBC Radio Norfolk's popular program Treasure Quest featured the bell as the final prize.
A very successful fund raising 'Ring-a-thon' event took place in the village on Easter Sunday. Lots of lovely local support - thank you.
Please DonateWe are raising money for these aspects of the project. In total we need around £15,000. So far we have £5,000 thanks to a number of private and company donations.
Materials costThe Bell has been donated by the artist so we are looking to find the cost for the wooden structure.
ConstructionPhysical construction of parts of the bell's wooden harness.
InstallationThe wooden harness needs to be piled into the beach's subsoil and the bell attached.
Information boardsWeather proof information boards to be created and postioned by the bell and in the village.
Support usIf you would like to see this bell a reality please donate something, however small, on our JustGiving site. Alternatively send a cheque to the addess at the bottom of this page. Or maybe just get in touch if you would like to lend some practical support.