Furthering an ongoing investigation into process, the limitations of materials, and the value of permance, Tetrapods is a new body of work inspired by sea defences. These engineered geometric forms, which are normally fabricated from concrete, are designed to cleverly disrupt waves which cause erosion. Using local stone (clay, sandstone, gypsum, salt, chalk) and sea water, Lathwood has arduously handcrafted new structures. Their fragility and scale renders them useless and throughout the duration of the exhibition the forms will crack and crumble. After the exhibition the sculptures are returned to the landscape to be dissolved by the sea. The work references our changing landscape regardless of our attempts to defend it.
The process of this work has been documented in collaboration with Paul Blakemore in a film entited 'Whats left Behind'.