Tag Archives: Conservation

Pan troglodytes, Pongo pygmaeus, and Gorilla gorilla

 

Pan troglodytes, Pongo pygmaeus and Gorilla gorilla 

 

Chimpanzees at the beach Rescue Centre & Cafe, Ramsgate Main Sands. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chimpanzees at the beach Rescue Centre & Cafe, Ramsgate Main Sands. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chimpanzees at the beach Rescue Centre & Cafe, Ramsgate Main Sands. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chimpanzees at the beach Rescue Centre & Cafe, Ramsgate Main Sands. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Orangutan, George Street, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Orangutan, George Street, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chimpanzees on George Street, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chimpanzees on George Street, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Silverback Gorilla on George Street, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Silverback Gorilla on George Street, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Tipping’s Tiny Zoo, Jacob’s Ladder, Ramsgate.

Red Deer on Jacob’s Ladder, Military Road, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019

 

Red Deer on Jacob’s Ladder, Military Road, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

Jacob’s Ladder is a Grade II Listed flight of stone steps. Built in 1826 by John Shaw.  Dog-leg stairs with three flights of steps faced with ashlar and built between flanking towers with rounded fronts of ashlar, each flight of steps with wide central pilaster; centre landings. Iron balustrade. The present stair replaces an earlier wooden flight of c.1750, 100 yards to the east’. Historic England.

Red Deer, Cervus elaphus with local flora.

 

Red Deer on Jacob’s Ladder, Military Road, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Red Deer on Jacob’s Ladder, Military Road, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Red Deer on Jacob’s Ladder, Military Road, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Small Antelope on Jacob’s Ladder, Military Road, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Red Deer with small Antelope on Jacob’s Ladder, Military Road, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

Stumped: Elephants on Dumpton Park Drive – Animal Thanet 2019

Stumped: Elephant herd marooned on Dumpton Park Drive

These images are part of the ongoing Animal Thanet project and installation / performance, which considers & reflects wider concerns I have for the  natural world, particularly focussed on the lives of its wild animals, conservation, loss of habitat, diminishing numbers, poaching, trophy hunting, extinction and callous exploitation, which holds a mirror to our humanity. We may soon only have plastic versions of our wild neighbours to play with. The last decade has witnessed the slow & horrible realisation that our negative impact on the planet and particularly our plastic pollution of almost every environment, is a real-time catastrophe for the world around us. 

A recently removed tree provides a stump as a refuge and island platform for these Elephants marooned above the pavement on Dumpton Park Drive. Habitat loss is a major issue in Elephant conservation. Human population growth means encroachment on wildlife. Loss of trees and forests leaves space for wildlife diminished and in smaller and smaller pockets or ‘island’ reserves. EleAid 

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Elephant herd marooned on a tree stump. Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – Animal Thanet 2019

A walk from Herne Bay to Birchington at Low Tide with two Arabian Oryx and an African Elephant – February 2019

These images are part of the ongoing Animal Thanet project and installation / performance, which considers & reflects wider concerns I have for the  natural world, particularly focussed on the lives of its wild animals, conservation, loss of habitat, diminishing numbers, poaching, trophy hunting, extinction and callous exploitation, which holds a mirror to our humanity. We may soon only have plastic versions of our wild neighbours to play with. The last decade has witnessed the slow & horrible realisation that our negative impact on the planet and particularly our plastic pollution of almost every environment, is a real-time catastrophe for the world around us. 

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Oryx and an Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Above: Arabian Oryx – Oryx leucoryx at Herne Bay

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Oryx and an Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Arabian Oryx and an African Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Above: African Elephant – L. africana at Herne Bay

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Arabian Oryx and an African Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Arabian Oryx and an African Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Arabian Oryx and an African Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Oryx and an Elephant. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Oryx and an Elephant. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

Above: Views towards Reculver.

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Oryx and an Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

Above & Below: Oryx at Minnis Bay

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Oryx and an Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Arabian Oryx and an African Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Above & Below: Small tidal sea bathing pool at Minnis Bay

 

 

Herne Bay to Birchington – A walk with two Arabian Oryx and an African Elephant at low tide. Animal Thanet 2019. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018

My Garden … May 2018

 

These images consider & reflect wider concerns for the  natural world, particularly focussed on the lives of its wild animals, conservation, loss of habitat, diminishing numbers, poaching, extinction and callous exploitation, which holds a mirror to our humanity. We may soon only have plastic versions of our wild neighbours to play with. The last decade has witnessed the slow & horrible realisation that our negative impact on the planet and particularly our plastic pollution of almost every environment, is a catastrophe for the world around us. 

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Herded – Animal Thanet 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Animal Thanet – Pegwell Safari

In 2011, I took a series of Animal Thanet images entitled Pegwell Safari – down on the abandoned concrete apron of the former Pegwell Bay Hoverport at Pegwell Bay, Thanet. These images formed part of a postal art project.

Some of the images show the cooling towers & chimney of the former Richborough Power Station, which were demolished by explosives at 09.07am on 11th March 2012.

These images consider & reflect wider concerns for the  natural world, particularly focussed on the lives of its wild animals, conservation, loss of habitat, diminishing numbers, poaching, extinction and callous exploitation, which holds a mirror to our humanity. We may soon only have plastic versions of our wild neighbours to play with. The last decade has witnessed the slow & horrible realisation that our negative impact on the planet and particularly our plastic pollution of almost every environment, is a catastrophe for the world around us. 

Hippopotamus amphibious Pegwell Bay, Thanet with Richborough Cooling Towers in the background. Image: Christopher Tipping

Hippo Postcard Project – Hippopotamus amphibious Pegwell Bay, Thanet with Richborough Cooling Towers in the background. Image: Christopher Tipping

Plains Zebra, Equus zebra Pegwell Bay, Thanet. Image: Christopher Tipping

Plains Zebra, Equus zebra Pegwell Bay, Thanet. Image: Christopher Tipping

Buffalo, Syncerus caffer, Pegwell Bay, Thanet. Image: Christopher Tipping

Buffalo, Syncerus caffer, Pegwell Bay, Thanet. Image: Christopher Tipping

Nile Crocodile. Crocodylus niloticus, Pegwell Bay, Thanet. Image: Christopher Tipping

Plains Zebra, Equus zebra Pegwell Bay, Thanet. Image: Christopher Tipping

Sperm Whale, Physter macrocephalus, Pegwell Bay, Thanet. Image: Christopher Tipping

In March 2011 a Sperm Whale beached and died at Pegwell Bay. I remember running along the beach at low tide all the way from Ramsgate to see it. A whale necropsy was carried out the following day, which was astonishing to see.

Sperm Whale beached at Pegwell Bay March 2011 Image: Christopher Tipping

Sperm Whale beached at Pegwell Bay March 2011 Image: Christopher Tipping

Necropsy of Sperm Whale beached at Pegwell Bay March 2011 Image: Christopher Tipping

Necropsy of Sperm Whale beached at Pegwell Bay March 2011 Image: Christopher Tipping

Other images were taken earlier in April 2008, of plastic animals from my collection at various sites in Ramsgate and along Ramsgate Main Sands and the Thanet Coast –

Red Deer Stag, Cervus elaphus, Ramsgate Gate Post. Image: Christopher Tipping 2008

Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris, Ramsgate Main Sands. Image: Christopher Tipping 2008

Trans Europa Cross Channel Ferries were still running out from Ramsgate to Ostend at this time –

Okapi: Okapia johnstoni. Ramsgate Sands Eastern Undercliffe, Ramsgate. Image: Christopher Tipping 2008

Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas, Ramsgate Main Sands, Thanet. Image: Christopher Tipping 2008

Crocodiles & Hippopotamus sharing a rockpool. Eastern Undercliffe, Ramsgate. Image: Christopher Tipping 2008

Beach Elephants: Elephas maximus indicus & Loxodonta africana, Ramsgate Main Sands. Image: Christopher Tipping 2008

Giraffe: Giraffa camelopardalis on Ramsgate Main Sands. Image: Christopher Tipping 2008

 

 

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk

‘Animal Thanet’ exists as a series of images which examine our relationship with the natural world and environment through the use of plastic animals placed in a variety of habitats & scenarios in and around Ramsgate & the Isle of Thanet in Kent.

One of my first recollections as a child was of having a farm with plastic animals. I loved it. I collected these animals throughout my childhood and developed a strong affinity with the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it. When I got married and had a family and child of my own, I started collecting again – particularly after we moved to Ramsgate, Kent – always under the pretence that they were for my daughter Nell ! Living by the coast was like revisiting childhood.

My wider concerns for the  natural world, is particularly focussed on the lives of its wild animals. Loss of habitat, diminishing numbers, extinction and callous exploitation hold a mirror to our humanity. We may soon only have plastic versions of our wild neighbours to play with.

This set of images was made on Ramsgate Main Sands and the coastal walk at low tide between Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme, aka the ‘Margate Steps’

I recently saw some new aerial images of Margate Steps at low tide taken by the project contractors Breheny – 

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Breheny have very kindly allowed me to publish them on my blog. Notwithstanding its success as an example of coastal engineering within an urban setting, these images of the project really show to good effect the scale and impact of the project.  As a public realm & additional amenity space which the step revetment provided for the town, the project was also successful as demonstrated by the awards it has won.

The project was awarded the ‘Community Award’ at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2013. This award is for schemes, which deliver their engineering objectives whilst achieving secondary benefits for the surrounding community.

Town Pride Award 2014 as administered by the Margate Civic Society, 

I was commissioned as the project Artist by MACH – Margate Art & Cultural Heritage, Thanet District Council & the Environment Agency. My role was to supply an interpretive & contextual backdrop developed with which to influence the design process & inform the structure, detailing & interpretation of this major sea defence works. The total budget for the project was £6m.

Client Team: TDC & Margate Renewal Partnership. MACH – Margate Art & Cultural Heritage, Engineers: East Kent Engineering Partnership.

Contractor: J Breheny Contractors LtdSpecialist Concrete Pre Cast: CCP Cornish Concrete Products. Flood Risk Management Consultant: Herrington Consulting Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd