Sugar beet harvesting – one day in three photographs
Many of our contributed poems have had a square produced for them – a quote from the poem to help us share more easily on social media but also so we can display them in the game. This one is at the start of the game, at the spawn point. It’s about William Godwin – another radical thinker born in the town – here’s part of the Wikipedia page about him:
William Godwin (3 March 1756 – 7 April 1836) was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and the first modern proponent of anarchism. Godwin is most famous for two books that he published within the space of a year: An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, an attack on political institutions, and Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, an early mystery novel which attacks aristocratic privilege. Based on the success of both, Godwin featured prominently in the radical circles of London in the 1790s. He wrote prolifically in the genres of novels, history and demography throughout his life.
In the conservative reaction to British radicalism, Godwin was attacked, in part because of his marriage to the feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft in 1797 and his candid biography of her after her death from childbirth. Their daughter, later known as Mary Shelley, would go on to write Frankenstein and marry the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. With his second wife, Mary Jane Clairmont, Godwin set up The Juvenile Library, allowing the family to write their own works for children (sometimes using noms de plume) and translate and publish many other books, some of enduring significance. Godwin has had considerable influence on British literature and literary culture.
Wanting to do some creative thinking during lockdown, the idea of woodland in summer, goddesses protecting us and other, perhaps fanciful, but needed stories and inspirations, produced these goddesses. In the Steiner style with no faces (so you can project your own thoughts and expressions) …
Natalia Shlyapina is a floral designer from Tyumen, Western Siberia. Natalia was visiting her partner when the lockdown came into force and her flights were cancelled. Natalia started to miss her work and expressed a desire to do some work when she saw big piles …
The map was generated from LIDAR data – accurately representing the heights of everything from the ground up. It was then combined with street map data to judge whether there was a building, tree, street or in our case river. These blocks were then changed to suit the buildings block by block by a worldwide team of builders. (The artwork, extras like this fountain, signage and fun stuff was added by us).
As it is accurate, then it is useful to use as a visualisation tool for any planning ideas. A fountain in the Market Place would be lovely to sit near!
From Wikipedia: The Clarkson Memorial commemorates Thomas Clarkson (1760 – 1846), a central figure in the campaign against the slave trade in the British empire, and a former native of Wisbech. It dates from 1880 – 1881 and is a Grade II* listed building. The …
Sharon produces lovely cute animal designs in felt, on a small scale. Wanting to help in some way at the start of lockdown, she got talking to Fen Spirits who were producing hand sanitiser at their still. The result was Bear Hugs – to give to those ill in hospital as well as to buy for a friend in need. Find her at “How She Felt” on Facebook.
Local Illustrator/Designer, Brandon has produced work that has been sold across the UK including: Waitrose, ASDA, Clintons & UK Greetings He works with the Wisbech and Fenland Museum on ideas to support young artists. He has kindly sent us some of his pieces of Wisbech, …
What can be done
Is there ever a way
To recover a town
That has long had its day
Fought hard for reform
But who will campaign
For a town so forlorn
The cars on the bypass
Are all we hear now
The grinding of gears
That drown out the plough
The betting shop shutters
Slam down with regret
Whilst girls in pink tracksuits
The greenbelt’s been sold off
The horse has been knackered
The buildings are crumbling
The people are tattered
No jobs for the boys here
No shifts at the dock
Who wants to invest
In a town they forgot
The meetings, the Quangos
The best talking heads
Can’t give CPR
And revive what is dead
They’ll call in the diggers
And knock it all down
Then make a big car park
Of this once proud town
I was inspired due to the way the world had changed during the start of coronavirus, everything was nearly the same but not quite right so I wanted to create a piece of work to reflect this.
The strange wonderland world appealed to me and I decided to paint my version of it. The clock where the hands don’t move represented the limbo we were all in during lockdown.
Here’s just a couple of pieces of Luke’s, check out his instagram for more!
Luke tells us:
I’m working on new stuff all the time and hopefully getting better.
Roll up, roll up have I got a bargain for you
All the social distances you need
Measures for all.
A size that fits
For you, and you and you and you
Let’s start with something simple
Just half as long as a Volkswagen Beetle
The length of a King size bed
9/10 as tall as an artificial Christmas tree
1 and 1/5 times as tall as Napoleon
What about some landmarks?
1/25 as tall as Nelson’s column
1/30 as tall as the leaning tower of Pisa
1/45 as tall as the statue of liberty
1/50 as tall as Big Ben
For the golfers 40 times as tall as a golf tee
And the plane spotters
1/35 the wingspan of a 747
20,000 times the thickness of a strand of hair
Something for everyone
0.000000005 times the distance from the earth to the moon.
1,500 times the length of a grain of sand.
1,000, 000 times the length of an E.coli bacterium.
1, 500,000,000 times the length of a glucose molecule
You at the back
What does that add up to?
Give the girl a prize
15 people in a queue