St. Ives remains a thriving artist colony .
Many artists have been inspired by walking its rather disorienting streets .
The topology of the place is such that y never know as you round a corner whether you will be confronted by sea, land or sky.
Coupled with the fact that it is built from the sea up very steep hills possibly at at a 2-1 gradient. These hills add to the abstracted experience of the landscape as the complex coastline comprising of 5 bays and a long promentory ,so narrow it is called "the island" a harbour , and a lighthouse out at sea gives one a birds eye view.
It is not surprising that St. Ives became a crucible of abstraction based on this landscape and the ssubjective experience of it