The root was found on Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis in 1980 following a tremendous storm. The root was cleaned and left to dry for six years before carving was started. Carving accentuated the action of turbulent waters and boulders trapped in the root system. The base is made from laminated sweet chestnut to suggest ropes and the tidal patterns of sand. The twisted and bent lengths of steamed ash represented seaweed. The work has been partially stained with acrylic paint, then primed, varnished and polished.
The blue lias stones at the base of the work were collected from Monmouth Beach.