Rory McCormack, artist and fisherman, in his own words.

Rory McCormack, artist and fisherman, in his own words. Rory McCormack’s fenced-off area of Brighton beach is both an art environment and a stockade built to protect his fishing equipment from thieves and deter vandals. His irreplaceable and beautifully constructed work - an increasing draw for creative people and those interested in outsider art - is currently under threat from developers (it seems Brighton can’t get enough crazy golf courses, chip kiosks and paddling pools). As befits a work situated in the only Green Council in the country Rory challenged himself to make his art from the flint, pebbles and eroded bricks of which the beach is made without contaminating the environment. He even experimented with making concrete using chalk found on the beach. The fenced off area has the quality of a fort; several figures using binoculars and telescopes peer out as if on sentry duty. There’s a naughtiness and mischief ; figures pull faces and stick their tongues out towards the crowds of tourists queuing at the £18-a-go zip-wire. Parts of an elaborate totem pole, a masturbating figure peers out to sea through a telescope while another figure eats a plate of seashells and pottery shards. "The public beach to east of town is now being developed by private interests with the council’s encouragement; large scale projects, the only hindrance being the funding. This leaves the future of whole area uncertain, both in time and extent of the physical impact, and the future of this small fishing plot, with its whimsical structures, in an uncertain position." (Rory McCormack)