I imagine that many of my readers will have seen Maggi Hambling’s huge scallop shell sculpture on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk. Here is how Wikipedia describes it:

“On Aldeburgh’s beach, a short distance north of the town centre, stands a sculpture, The Scallop, dedicated to Benjamin Britten, who used to walk along the beach in the afternoons. Created from stainless steel by Suffolk-based artist Maggi Hambling, it stands 15 feet (4.6 m) high, and was unveiled in November 2003. The piece is made up of two interlocking  scallop shells, each broken, the upright shell being pierced with the words: “I hear those voices that will not be drowned”, which are taken from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. The sculpture is meant to be enjoyed both visually and tactilely, and people are encouraged to sit on it and watch the sea.”

I am no doubt only one of hundreds of amateur photographers who have tried to do it justice with their camera. For what it’s worth, here are my efforts:














4 thoughts on “Scallop

  1. I agree with our old (not aged!) friend above – only wish I was close enough to enjoy it in the flesh…

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