When shall we three meet again photographing public art challenge 10

This simple sculpture represents three burnt matchsticks

The photo shows a sculpture of three burnt matchsticks in portishead

This sculpture which is part of the Portishead sculpture trail is called “when shall we three meet again” by the sculptor Robert Stuart Clamp. The quotation is of course from the witches scene in Macbeth. “

When shall we three meet again

In thunder lightning or in rain

when the hurlyburly’s done

when the battle’s lost and won

William Shakespeare

The trail saw more than 20 artists from across the world collaborate to create 30 different art works representing the town’s history. The project was funded by developers Crest Nicholson and Persimmon as part of a section 106 planning agreement for a multi million pound development of a very posh marina from the old redundant docks. 

Portishead which is a small town on the Severn Estuary close to Bristol started as a small fishing village but grew rapidly with the building of a power station and nearby chemical factories. 

This humble sculpture of three burnt matchsticks reflects Portishead’s former role in importing white phosphorus for making matchsticks.

I can’t remember when I last used a match, but they used to be a staple of every one’s weekly shop.photographing public art challenge by Marsha and Cee logo

This is my first entry for the photographing public art challenge run by Marsha and Cee. I am excited to see what other bloggers have found.

Author: Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog

I am a retired nurse from Bristol. I am married with five grown up children, two grandchildren, a boy and a girl and two cats Heidi and Tilly. I like rambling, history and travel and I am hoping to connect with other people around the world who share my interests. I am especially keen to hear from other older bloggers.

7 thoughts on “When shall we three meet again photographing public art challenge 10”

  1. Anne, this is a wonderful post. How do people come up with such brilliant ideas for art? You explained it, but without the explanation, the piece would be a total puzzle. Thanks so much for joining us. It’s fun, isn’t it?

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    1. I am so glad I found this challenge. I love learning the stories behind public art and I have a lot of photos I have never been able to use. It is nice when developers leave some momentoes of the past

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      1. I’m glad you like it. It came about as a conversation between blogging colleagues. I probably would have let it stew forever, but my friend and great challenge blogger, Cee, offered to host it with me. She was sure that people would love the challenge, and it seems that she is right. For me, at least, great ideas need a partner to make them work.

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  2. Sounds like a lovely trail to follow. This sculpture is a fabulous interpretation of Macbeth, which a nod to the town’s previous industry as well.


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