This public piece of artwork, by artist Bob Budd, comprises a steel ring circling the quayside walkway, a seven metre diameter light cross sent into the granite floor at the entrance to Beacon Quay, and floor lighting units running along the decking in the walkway. The long and round lighting units mirror the dots and dashes of Morse Code and spell out the two words relevant to the site.
The steel ring is situated between the two day D-Day embarkation slipways just below the walkway. The ring is intended as a gateway and the light cross is on the same axis as the steel ring and together they indicate a direction which heads out to sea.
The message hidden in the Morse Code lighting indicates both the historical D-Day significance of this site and its proximity to the sea. The site provides an opportunity to look back but also to take in the magnificent view.
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