Created by Edward Crumpton, an artist living and working in North Devon, this sculpture takes its inspiration from the almost mythical Mariners Way, a 73-mile-long footpath running from Bideford to Dartmouth, via the wilds of Dartmoor. This arduous and sometimes treacherous footpath was used from the late 1600s by mariners wishing to change ships, crossing Devon from one flourishing port to the other. The 6,000 metres of rope was originally knotted and formed into a ball to represent the physical undertaking of the journey. Since then it has been unravelled and re-arranged into the construction of a passage house indicating the nights spent by those mariners in strange lodgings, far from home. The final transformation of the piece is wound into a Marlin fish which plays on the name of the rope; tarred marlin.
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