The Floral Frontline
Posted: Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Often walked past, never seen! A fascinating foray into another world. I favour the 'leave it to crumble gradually into dust' school of thought on this one - as long as it has been recorded in detail. The idea of art installations is a good one while it still stands, like the ones at Yesnaby last year. Make sure there's a comments book...
Flying Cat from QI
Sadly FC we can't use the actual place for our work, at least not in the state it's in at present. The artwork/writing thing will have to be somewhere else - we're hoping it can be adaptable to different places so we can move it around! Not ambitious or anything, not at all.
Stromness Dragon from a suitable space
That's fascinating, SD!
Barney from Swithiod
Oh I see...I really enjoyed prowling around looking for the little shrines last year...The Quernstone and Emily's house and the campsite all had one or two installed. Pity you can't use the battery though...
FC&Marmers from free range artworks
I would be curious to have a look see - so long as entry is free, and drinks are available to thirsty travellers. How about a fund raiser Riverdance type of concert, SD? Fiddle and dance. Praeludium to the Fank.
mjc from NM,USA
WOW what a find surely this needs to be preserved.
Barebraes from Shapinsay
looks really exciting all these paintings,but did you not feel claustrophobic?? whilst in nz,pascal took me to the ones in devonport(see pictures of guns on one on fc's blogs about my trip i think it was part three) the guns are on the top of a small hill but the bunkers were underground---i only was in for three to four minutes,being claustrpohobic i couldn't go any further,but saw other intersting things concerning the place thank god!
carol from over here
Astounding SD and very interesting. I hope that something so unique is preserved in some way.
Carol from IBHQ
Most of this stuff is above ground, Carol. The mess hall with the paintings is a large hall that could probably seat 100 people or more so no need to feel closed in! It's a tricky one, that preserve-for-future-generations versus record-and-allow-to-crumble. The Battery is a listed building which has legal implications and complications for use. Hey ho! Anyway, thanks for your comments folks!
Stromness Dragon from Underground, overground
in the devonport battery the building which was the offices mess now houses a film show how auckland was created,the first settlers etc and how the battery was built--really very intesesting
carol from sitting by the fire
I have wanted to looked around that place, I wish it had an open day, imagne the solviners!
Martin from Stromness