by Alison Neighbour
West Hythe Lighthouse
West Hythe Lighthouse is an installation on the possible future shoreline of Kent, 1.5 miles inland from the popular seaside resort of Dymchurch. It invites reflection on the impermanence of land, and how we might adapt to our shrinking landscape.
The Lighthouse links via the Global Sea Level Observing System to a tidal buoy near Chittagong, Bangladesh, and it flashes when the land there is threatened by the rising tide, signalling a stark warning of what is already happening in many places in the world and may happen here in the future.
A walk is marked from the lighthouse to the current coastline at Dymchurch Redoubt, and you are invited to participate by taking this journey back in time from the future to the present and experiencing in your own body the scale of land, habitat, eco-system, and community that exists in this space. You may wish to reflect on how you feel when you reach the sea and the newly constructed sea defences. Group walks will take place on 12th August at 2pm and 18th September at 10.30am, but you can make the journey autonomously at any time. Please book group walks by emailing email@example.com