Shakespeare at the beach

Some time ago there was a local newspaper article about Russell Plume, a local Plimmerton resident and former geologist who was picking up pieces of brick off the coast near Plimmerton beach.

He gradually collected a lot of bricks. Some were whole and others simply odd shapes and pieces. All had been weathered by the sea or by the streams and it was thought that they were washing up from an old quarry.

A friend commented that he had enough to spell out the works of Shakespeare and this spurred Russell on to producing 9 panels of quotes from Shakespeare using the bricks just as he found them. None have been altered in any way.

Here is one I captured yesterday on a sea wall at Plimmerton Beach. My timing was not in tune with the tides yesterday which meant I could not walk along and take photos of the other panels. I will do that another day.

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The linked article gives you more details but I also hope the panel he made as a gift for Christchurch will reach that destination and bring hope to its residents.

“What is the city but the people” (from Coriolanus), is a fitting quote.


14 thoughts on “Shakespeare at the beach

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      It is so clever Jo. All the pieces he used have not been adapted at all. He has been very creative. I’ll post the other panels when the tide is out!

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I hope the panel that Russell made especially for Christchurch will reach your city Ruth. It is amazing how he has formed legible letters from scraps of bricks. It could be something an artist does in Christchurch with some of the millions of discarded bricks.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      The panels are splendid aren’t they Juliet. I’ll try and beat the tide really soon to capture the others.

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  2. Russell

    Thank you all for your very kind comments. I found this purely by accident. I had no idea it was here. FYI: The Chch setting is still here in Plimmerton but given what has happened with the Cathedral (deconsecration and now deconstruction), I am investigating the possibility of having it installed in Cathedral square. I also put together a FaceBook page called Shakespeare by the Sea, Plimmerton. If you search on that in FB you will find it.

    Kind regards
    Russell Plume

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks for commenting Russell. Your work is well worth sharing far and wide. I do hope the setting for ChCh finds its “right” place as decisions are made. I’ve “liked” your FB page and will share the information here on my blog.

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