The Wet Littoral: Kayaking

 
Resident artists can explore the Catalan littoral through guided kayak excursions offered as part of the program.

Resident artists can explore the Catalan littoral through guided kayak excursions offered as part of the program.

Beneath the granite cliffs a myriad of caves and inlets create spaces and sounds that change with the tide.

Beneath the granite cliffs a myriad of caves and inlets create spaces and sounds that change with the tide.

Catalans have been a sea-faring culture since its colonization by Rome and the regional customs, food, culture and influence on art are all strongly driven by this unique land-to-sea relationship . The residency program will include a close inspection of this littoral and its spatial, textural and formal expression. The granitic massif of the terrain form particular escarpments along the coast characteristic of the Costa Brava creating a multitude of coves or calas (a recurrent visual reference found in much of Salvador Dali’s work). The Mediterranean is a very gentle sea and it typically laps along the bottom of the cliffs leading up to the hiking trails, offering fascinating caves and tide pools teeming with aquatic life. We will be navigating this edge, gliding along with paddle power.

Seagulls, cormorants, swallows and bats commonly fly overhead. Wave action depends on the weather, but usually it is very calm. On a lucky day, the surface of the sea can be remarkably still, and the locals call it as "flat as a plate of oil". Further along the coast, there are an assortment of caves, some that can be entered with kayaks, some not. Some caves are connected to others, and the sound of sea swells gently bellowing between is an unforgettable experience.

The Wet Littoral is explored as the intersection between land and sea; the kayak allows for the inspection of a unique landscape.

The Wet Littoral is explored as the intersection between land and sea; the kayak allows for the inspection of a unique landscape.