'Alauna Aura' – Maryport, England - Atlas Obscura
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'Alauna Aura'

Maryport, England

This sculpture depicting the history of Maryport turns into a light show at night. 


This eight-foot (2.5 meters) tall sculpture stands at the corner of Maryport’s South Quay. The work of art showcases the town’s history from the founding of the Roman settlement of Alauna. 

Originally known as Ellenfoot, the port grew rapidly in the 18th and 19th-centuries. The side of the sculpture facing the town includes references to the area’s mining, railway, and shipping history. The HMS Bounty mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the harbor, and the lighthouse are also featured on the sculpture. 

On the reverse side are representations of an anchor and chain, seagulls and dolphins all  surrounding a compass.

At night, the entire sculpture cycles through a range of colors forming an ethereal glow.

Know Before You Go

The sculpture is at the far end of the South Quay car park, past the Lake District Coast Aquarium.

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