Follow the north-east coast about 40 kilometres south from Seaham (see “Tripping over diatoms”) and you arrive at Saltburn, home to Andrew McKeown’s other diatom sculpture, once again on a clifftop, overlooking the North Sea. This sculpture, Organism, is of a chain of the marine diatom Amphitetras. Like Jewels of the Sea, it is made from cast iron, though this time it has a bronze patina. At two metres tall, I suspect that this may be the world’s the largest depiction of a diatom, though you are welcome to prove me wrong.
Andrew McKeown: Organism, 2007, 200 x 120 cm, cast iron with bronze patina, Saltburn