Neither Out Far Nor In Deep

Artist Michael Johnson has installed nearly two hundred works in the UK and Ireland, including his stunning Mussel Sculpture, in Musselburgh - made of stainless steel and bronze in Michael’s Nottinghamshire studio.  

Commissioned by East Lothian Council and financed through a section 106 agreement, the work is sited near to Musselburgh Harbour overlooking the Firth of Forth.

It is seen by drivers arriving at Musselburgh from Edinburgh, the shell has bronze inlays in the barnacles and the opposite face looks out over the sea and is polished to reflect the view. 

Michael Johnson said,“I was very pleased to get this commission, I'm from the Scottish Borders and my family background was in coastal fishing, much like the fishing community of Musselburgh. It was a chance to create a statement image for those approaching the town from the north, but as well as that, I was able to work with ideas of self-reflection along the lines of Robert Frosts poem ‘Neither Out Far Nor in Deep’ when the work is considered with the sea in the background and considering the town’s history.”

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