Chalk Walk was a land-art installation set along the chalk path that runs between Brighton Marina and the village of Rottingdean, shown as part of the 'I Don't Know Where We're Going But It Sure Sounds Nice' programme of events.
Participants could wander the length of the path, discovering new chalk and coal formations deposited at intervals along their journey. With formations left at specific intervals a few metres apart upon the sea wall, participants could explore the culminating experience of 28 structures over a distance of some 2 miles.
Each pile was arranged in a unique formation, taking into account existing cavities in the rock, the shape and colour of the wall, and proximity to any erosion or human interventions (screws, posts, etc.). By situating the work at intervals along the linear path of a popular walking route, its audience were able to approach the materials involved from a multitude of positions – first as a pile of stones, then later as a deliberate incursion, experiencing the work as a process, a temporality that extended into the past (the memory of the piles they had passed) and the future (the expectation of those yet to come). This sense of temporality was underscored by the nature of the objects involved – coal and chalk are not only themselves products of processes, but those processes, rendered in the sedimentary layers, are made available to perception upon their surface.