Natasha Vicars

Flowers for the Sea

Flowers for the Sea is an intervention originally developed for Southend-on-sea beach that instigates a group performance gently interrupting the normal beach scene and creating individual moments of contemplation.

Passers-by that approach an impromptu flower stall are invited to select a flower that they can take to the water’s edge and, looking silently out to sea, think of a wish and simultaneously throw the flower into the waves. The action continues for a few hours or more, allowing interest to spread by word of mouth and flowers to wash up gradually along one stretch of beach. The work displaces a tradition from Brazil of offering flowers to the sea.


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