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Katie Paterson: First There is a Mountain

A new participatory artwork to be choreographed over British Summer Time 2019.

Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth is excited to be listed among the high profile coastal art venues around the UK to host First There is a Mountain, a new artwork by Katie Paterson that connects the public to the world’s diverse mountains ranges.

Touring from 31 March to 27 October 2019, the artist has created a set of buckets and spades in the form of world mountains. The public will be invited to build mountains of sand across the UK coastline and play out the world’s natural geography against a series of tide times. Each pail is a scale model of five of Earth’s mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (USA), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe), and Uluru (Oceania), are nested together.

First There is a Mountain is set to be choreographed over the period of daylight saving time during British Summer Time. The artwork will tour twenty-five high profile coastal art venues around the UK. Each will stage a sand pail building event on their local beach.

First There is a Mountain is a poetic vehicle that connects diverse world mountains to the smallest grains of sand. Participants hold the world’s geography in their hands. Time and geology collapsing and connecting through touch.

Paterson carefully selected each mountain range via exacting research using data from NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. The sand pails are made from 100% fermented plant starch and are fully bio-compostable. At the end of the tour they will be composted and reabsorbed back into the natural environment.

First There is a Mountain is a collaborative project and twenty-five new pieces of writing have been commissioned to accompany the artwork. The texts will form a digital anthology, bringing together celebrated authors, poets, geologists, earth scientists, ecologists, and art writers. Each text will creatively respond to the artwork and the locality and be read aloud at the start of each event. Award winning poet and writer Jean Sprackland has been commissioned to write a piece for Great Yarmouth.

2019 is a defining year for the artist, in addition to First There is a Mountain she will stage her largest ever solo exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Tide & Time Museum will host the event on 22 September at 1pm on Great Yarmouth Central Beach.
Meeting point: The Jetty, Marine Parade (behind Jacks Jetty Snacks)
Everyone is invited to join in this exciting event! It’s free and there is no need to book.
If you do have enquiries please email