On the Edge
Aldeburgh is ‘on the edge’ in a number of ways:
- the extreme vulnerability to the encroachment of the sea that has halved the land originally occupied in Aldeburgh and nearby Thorpeness and Orford – currently generally held at bay with barriers and groynes, but threatened in the longer term by global warming.
- to the North the skyline is dominated by Sizewell nuclear power station – with periodic leaks though none so far serious.
These images were based on rusty edges on old tractors. Inspired by a visit to the Maggi Hambling's exhibition ‘On the Edge’ at the Peter Peer’s gallery. Just after the June general election radio discussions on election fall out were playing on a popular mood of shock and uncertainty, reinforcing feelings of anxiety from Hambling’s Edge.