Monthly Archives: April 2013
Instrument Five Lesser Lights
Some more of the lesser throws of paint form the Instrument Five drawings and another image of the instrument as a reminder
I don’t think I have posted this photograph before (either). It is of Instrument Five in one of the last drawing sessions. The paint catapults are quite accurate (more so than anticipated when designing and making them) but in this case the paint mostly falls short of the drawing pieces it is aimed at. The figure fo the flying paint is still quite intriguing, and a reminder of the uncertainty inherent in the process. The colour of the flying paint is simply due to including (unmixed) portions of white and orange latex paint in the catapult cup. Although I fabricated almost every part of the instruments, I used kitchen measuring spoons for the catapult with a hemispherical cups. The catapults were designed for disposable plastic spoons so that I could change them quickly between throws for colour changes, but their cup shape did not produce very concentrated throws.
I don’t think I have posted this photograph before – it is the final high speed flash photograph from Instrument Five, a wider view than most of the flying paint pictures. The instrument with the paint catapult that makes the throw is off to the left. The flying paint in this image is quite feint, but can be seen as a diagonal line entering the drawing pieces from the top left.
More Madeira Drive
When you drive to Brighton from London there is a point where you meet the sea at the Palace Pier (in the distance in the top photograph). There is a roundabout that leads to the coast roads in either direction and an extra road heading east that is Madeira Drive. This road absorbs events that end up in Brighton, today’s example being a pride(?) of Jaguars. The coast road and a promenade look down on Madeira Drive and a series of staircases and a lift (elevator) join these levels. When nothing is happening, they provide alternative routes along the beach without the melancholy of, say, the boardwalk at Colney Island out of season. When an event is taking place the various levels provide both the infrastructure and a ready theatre for things to take place.
Old Burying Ground Two
The consensus seems to be that the white covers are to protect the most friable gravestones from frost action (but the Titanic story appeals more).
Old Burying Ground, Halifax Nova Scotia
I am in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Old Burying Ground in the middle of town has a bunch of shrouds over the grave stones. I was here last year and was told that the similar devices then were to commemorate the graves of those who died on the Titanic, but the plaque on the gates suggests that burials stopped before the Titanic sank. I will try to find out more, and post some 3D pictures tomorrow or the next day.