Heinkels : lost and forgotten

This particular idea was developed after seeing Anselm Kiefer’s war plane, shown to us in one of Antigonis lectures. On Lundy island in the Bristol Channel, there are site remains of two German Heinkel bombers which went down on Lundy in the second world war. Their remains can still be found, one is in the Centre of the island on a patch of land and is called the lost Heinkel and the one on the West side of the island is called the Forgotten Heinkel. The history of place is something that I keep coming back to in my research. With this project I wanted to link both the heinkels up with a walk, as I had no knowledge of either of the sites. With a lack of signposts I had to use traditional way markings, similar to that used by pilgrims i had to ask for topography directions. I was told that I would find the central one, four marker stones from halfway wall and the other would be found under Parrot Rock. I also had a map which the chef on the Island had photographed for me from a book Lundy’s War (1995)

Finding the first which is the lost Heinkel I could see the burnt out remains, albeit tempting to take some evidence some trophy, but this is what has happened over the years and there is less and less history remaining. Having found the lost Heinkel I wanted to draw up a line of walking to the Forgotten Heinkel. Finding the Forgotten Heinkel was an impossibility and like most of my pilgrimages and walks ends up with me getting lost or not locating the place of significance. Maybe this is why they say it is the journey not the destination when they talk about pilgrimages. On my return to the village I met the Assistant Warden who volunteered to take me out to find the forgotten Heinkel, so I double backed only to find that I had stood just in front of the heinkel and completely missed it.

These type of journeys are inspired by the work of Richard Long and Hamish Fulton both walking artists who are inspired either to create art in the landscape or as a result of being in the landscape.

As a creative practice I enjoy both being in the landscape and creating art in the landscape, However I am also finding that I am interested in representing that walk in some form or another back in the studio. Hence the reason why i wanted to represent the walk in a format that others could see and maybe help them to find the Heinkels too. So with the idea taken from Ed Ruscha’s photo book Twentysix Gasoline Stations I created a concertina book of the journey. This book is a mini book as can be seen below. This in itself can be a book and although it is meant to be an A5, the idea of the mini books as those created by Irma Boom is quite interesting in its own right.

Post Script: I have since discovered the work of Paul Nash, who was a landscape artist but was also a war artist. Some of his work includes crash sites of Heinkel Bombers whilst on London raids.

References:

Harman, M., and Gade, M., (1995). Lundy’s War: Memories of 1939-45 Compiled by Mary Gade and Michael Harman. Imprint unknown.

RICHARD LONG OFFICIAL (no date). [Online]. Available at http://www.richardlong.org/. [Accessed on 03/03/2021]

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