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The Island being set up at Wroughton

An Artist's Impression of Wroughton

I spent a fascinating (if rather filthy and tiring!) day on Friday at the Science Museum's 'large object' storage site out at Wroughton in Wiltshire. I was working with Ruth from the museum and Neil & Dennis who are based there to check and archive our largest ever 'object' art work - An Artists' Impression, which I am SO relieved to report now resides in the Science Museum collection. As you can see from this and other images it's quite a thing to store and Wroughton is quite something as a 'store'!

It was a real trip down memory lane taking all the bits and bobs out of boxes and re-locating them on the model. As the storage crates were a bit mouldy when they arrived they've been kept (to date) in this kind of holding bay hangar - now, in my fantasy, the pieces will all be individually loaded into the high-tech storage bays in the rest of the stores. In these rooms (which are in fact aircraft hangars) you push a button and whole walls of storage glide across to reveal layers and layers of strange objects. Our is now one of them.

Island postcard: the nightclub & caravan park
Image: Pope & Guthrie

Postcards from our Island

I've just been adding some nice photographs of our Island to the Artists' Impression section of the site. We've recently been revisiting the project (motivated partly by the approaching need to re-house the model), & I must say it's always a pleasure to see the place again ... especially when you don't actually have to get the huge sections of the model out of their crates to do so! I even had a quick walk around the game yesterday ... no one on the pier but there had been a few tourists off the boat of late.