Exmouth artists give Exe Estuary Trail an early Christmas present

Posted on: 12 December 2017

A pair of Exmouth’s estuary-side benches have been given a colourful makeover thanks to the installation of mosaics created and donated by two local artists.

Allan Punton and Manya McMahon presented the mosaic panels, which depict local wildlife, to the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, to be sited at the Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

Both artists wanted to create artwork that were educational, would brighten up the LNR’s viewing point and that fitted in with the surroundings.

The mosaics are made of carefully hand cut and shaped porcelain pieces in colours that blend with the landscape.

They depict an avocet, an oystercatcher, a brent goose and a sandwich tern. The benches are close to the Carter Avenue rail crossing at a point where the views of both estuary and LNR are particularly fine.

Nathan Robinson, from East Devon District Council’s Countryside Team who manage the LNR, worked closely with the artists to install the panels.

Allan Punton said: “We both feel strongly that there should be more art on display in the public realm. so together we created these mosaics which we hope will add to this glorious part of the country.”

Exe Estuary Officer Stephanie Clark said: “We were delighted to have been contacted by Allan and jumped at the opportunity to have a new art installation which celebrates the wonderful wildlife of our Local Nature Reserve.

“The Exe Estuary Management Partnership would like to thank Allan and Manya for their generosity in creating such beautiful mosaic panels, which I’m sure the local communities and visitors will enjoy on their visits to the estuary.”

Both Allan and Manya are keen to make further mosaic panels in order to enhance the town, coastline and estuary by emphasising its unique character, both for residents and visitors.

They have previously created mosaics at the waterwheel opposite Manor Park, at Bassetts Farm School, at WESC, and a series of mosaics is currently being created for Exmouth Library.

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