26 Mar 2015

Hidden Stories:
Takes to the Skies

In our third and final instalment it is time to show you Hidden Stories on display! If you’ve been following the blog you’ll know that Thinktank's Young People's Forum, Ignite, have been working on, an art instillation called Hidden Stories, linking together some of the connections between the Spitfire aeroplane and other historic items on display at Thinktank. (Read the previous blog posts about the Hidden Stories project and Creating Spitfires).

This week has been installation week in preparation for the launch of the new Spitfire Gallery and the artwork this weekend. It has been all hands to the deck to construct the giant sculpture of wooden ‘paper’ planes, designed by artist Matt Reeves, as you can see here.

Technicians Installing Artwork

Ignite then took part in curating their own artwork, deciding the order and spacing of these colourful panels that will hang alongside the sculpture. They were all designed and spray painted by the group during workshops with Matt.

Hanging Art

And last but by no means least, the installation also involves 72 model Spitfires all spray painted by Ignite and then carefully glued together. These models have now been hung on thin wires by our incredible team of technicians to fly through the galleries connecting objects together. Here is the hanging process in action with technician Greg up in the air!

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Installing Artworks

The view of them looks pretty amazing from ground level but even more so from Greg’s view in the sky!

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And finally here’s the real Spitfire with its smaller companions. We think the installation looks stunning and are so proud of Ignite, Matt and our technical team. Do make sure to take a look when you’re next in the museum.

The Display

Hidden Stories will be on display at Thinktank from March - September 2015, on Level 1 of the museum. Entry is free to Thinktank ticket holders. Hidden Stories was funded by the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.