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4 artworks
  • The Sea Ogre

    'The Ogre' is one of a series of artworks and features that animate the Mythic Coast story trail along Cleveleys promenade in Lancashire. 'The Ogre' is green with shiny red eyes and only becomes visible at low tide. The artworks were inspired by the storybook ‘The Sea Swallow’, written by Gareth Thompson and illustrated by Hannah Megee which tells the tale of an Ogre stirring up the sea with his giant paddle, threatening the whole Wyre waterfront community, only to be thwarted by the story's hero Mary and her golden shell.

    The Sea Ogre 2014 or before
    Adrian Wright
    H 240 x W 150 cm
    The Sea Ogre
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: David Roberts / Art UK

  • Rapicus et furiocus

    Gryphon swooping over the sea. The badge of HMS 'Furious' (Royal Navy aircraft carrier 1917 –1948) is the head of an eagle. A gryphon or griffin is a mythical monster with the head and wings of an eagle on the body of a lion - a good symbol of the airborne power and aggression of the Fleet Air Arm.

    Rapicus et furiocus 1978
    A. E. Culliford
    Oil on hardboard
    H 41 x W 53.5 cm
    Fleet Air Arm Museum
    Rapicus et furiocus
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Fleet Air Arm Museum

  • Woman with a Unicorn

    Woman with a Unicorn 2019
    Alice Rhenna Lenkiewicz (b.1964)
    Acrylic on canvas
    H 90 x W 90 cm
    Robert Lenkiewicz Liverpool Collection
    Woman with a Unicorn
    © the artist. Photo credit: Robert Lenkiewicz Liverpool Collection

  • The Lamport Gnome

    The Lamport Gnome is the oldest garden gnome in the world. Imported from Nuremberg by Sir Charles Isham, 10th Baronet, gnomes were originally owned as house ornaments and as good luck tokens by miners. Sir Charles populated his rockery with a workforce of his ‘little people’, and the garden gnome was born. Of 150 gnomes originally imported, this is the only survivor, saved from the ravages of the war and the weather by falling into one of the crevices.

    A highly popular figure, the Lamport Gnome has travelled to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand where he is regarded as the most venerated of those Guarding Naturally Over Mother Earth (G.N.O.M.E.).

    The Lamport Gnome c.1870
    unknown artist
    Plaster, polychrome & wood
    H 15 x W 6 x D 6 cm
    Lamport Hall
    The Lamport Gnome
    Photo credit: Lamport Hall