Longscar Sound Beacon

LONGSCAR is a solar powered sound installation. When approached, the movement sensor triggers the playing of the song I’ll be Watching This Shore by Alison Burns.

“Longscar sound beacon was conceived by the German artist Reinhild Beuther. The sound sculpture is positioned on the highest point of Summerhill country park, Hartlepool. The song I’ll be Watching This Shore was written by Alison Burns specifically for the park, which is on the edge of Hartlepool and which has been transformed since 1997. From the Longscar beacon you can see the coast of Hartlepool, the Middlesborough chemical plants and the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. The eeriness of the song and its position in the landscape enable the visitor to enter a different space: gazing at the horizon and thinking of new departures for the area and for our time.”

 The beacon’s resemblance to navigational beacons at sea and to lighthouses, links it to its name, Longscar, which is also the name of a rock formation, just off the Hartlepool coast, that has caused many shipwrecks.

The song I’ll be Watching this Shore by Alison Burns is based on extracts from Lines from Another Shore by Peggy Sibbley, written for her family a few days before she died. The singers are Sian Croose and Johnathan Croose. The sound beacon was constructed by James Crombie and electrical work  by Christian Beuther. The concept of the project was by Reinhild Beuther.

Project dates: 2003

I’ll be watching this shore
I’ll be watching this shore
I’ll be looking back and missing you
I will remember you, and pray for your peace
for a calm awakening and a happy release
I’ll be looking back and missing you

The lost and the found
Whisper on every breath of the wind

Listen to the sweet notes
Threading through the noise
Listen to the sweet notes
Of music and voices
And know that love is life
And know that love is life