Here is a link to video of Mystic Monty in action at the Kendal Mint Fest 2011 shot by Garth Hulbert.
The two latest dates on our tour were just as much fun as those in Cumbria. We were made very welcome in Tarvin by Anne and Allen and the hall is excellent. Although everyone seems a bit pessimistic about the numbers, in the end around 90 people turn out to see the show. The first half is still running at one hour evidence that at least we are having a great time. We have now adopted the quote from Claire ‘Eric and Ernie meet the men in black’ as our new strap line. Thanks again to everyone involved. The Barbour institute has quite a history and is a lovely venue, we are treated to a great meal and made to feel very welcome, the cabaret style seating works very well and the numbers are as expected, thanks we suspect to hard work from Linda and all the other volunteer promoters.
One of the great people we have worked with on our 6 Impossible things project has been James Dickinson. James is an internationally renowned taxidermist, more known for his work with museum collections than outdoor arts, but was persuaded to take a leap of faith and make something for us, our idea was an impossible animal our own nondescript. After much discussion we settled on an Arctic Platypus, the platypus having ‘form’ already as it was dismissed as a fake when first discovered in Australia. It is also a wonderfull contradiction, a mammal that lays eggs, has a venomous spur, (which makes it part reptile), suckles its young and has a ducks beak for goodness sake. Our platypus we decided would be feathered, adding one more genus to the mix, and would come from the northern hemisphere. Here are some picture of its construction and the final finished work. We also commissioned a poem from Lou in the style of Coleridge and Bryan Tweddle constructed a spectacular casket for the creatures last egg. Both these can be seen in a separate post. Look out for this work in 2015 the title is Reliquary.
More about Charles Waterston here.
Stay, traveller, and rest a while, I beg
The Reliquary is a gorgeous six-sided polished silver casket, on top sits the preserved remains of a new species we have commissioned. The casket is painted with intricate representations of the possible food of the animal. Outside hang six sets of headphones, six audience members are chosen and through these they are invited to look inside the reliquary itself. This piece is both serious and funny and seriously funny.