Mary’s Shell | England Photo Spot

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Mary's Shell-Photo by Chris Lord

Mary’s Shell is a fantastic piece of public art on Cleveleys Beach. Designed by North West artist Stephen Broadbent, it’s a fantastic photography location. The sculpture is completely visible once the tide goes out and large enough for you to climb inside it. Mary’s Shell is 4 metres high, made from stainless steel, weighing 16.5 tonnes. Once the tide comes in, the Shell fills with water.

It is part of the Mythic Coast art trail that features other art pieces along its route. The pieces bring to life Gareth Thompson’s children’s book, The Sea Swallow, which recounts a tale from Wyre coastal region folklore. Mary’s Shell also interacts with the tides. When the tide is in, only the very top of it remains visible, poking through the waves. A tidal app like Magic Seaweed is recommended if you want to photograph it.

(Cleveleys, England)