Elliptic Series

The series was inspired by the unique geological formations and elongated shadows of a tiny cove in west Cornwall. Porth Nanven, or as locals call it ‘the Cot Valley’ was once the site of tin mine workings but these days from late April until the end of September, sociable knots of people will be found ‘down Cot’ eating, drinking and making the most of precious summer evenings.

Porth Nanven is a protected site of scientific interest due to the hundreds of ovoid granite boulders that cover the beach and foreshore and hang half submerged in the cliff. From palm-sized to over a metre, each of these granite forms was smoothed by the sea 120,000 years ago and relentless Atlantic currents continue to shift and redistribute them with every high tide.

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