Walking home at night as Autumn turns to Winter, the colder evenings are bringing mists and giving us opportunities for some atmospheric photography. From our contributor: “I like a depth of field that puts areas out of focus where possible, as narrow as I can. …
As you go through town, you’ll find a couple of Mandalas that have been sent in, they’re beautiful in their own right but then we made them into a puzzle on the ground! We’ll have information stands throughout the map, this screenshot shows you the mixed up mandala, and the stand being built by one of our collaborators!
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 …
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 memorial consists of a statue mounted on a platform. Above this, rises a canopy, in the form of a spire. The whole structure is 68 feet (20.6 m) high. On three of the four sides are carved bas-reliefs, representing William Wilberforce and Granville Sharp, both prominent figures in the campaign against the slave trade, and a manacled slave in a beseeching attitude. The fourth side bears an inscription to the memory of Clarkson
As Minecraft consists of blocks it was difficult to produce a statue or an appropriate representation of such an important man to the town’s, and the world’s, history. We had a painting contributed by Mike Stallard of the young Thomas Clarkson, so have put that where the statue would be, can you spot it?
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, which we love!
You can find him on these links:
“After lockdown I saw the world from new angles and with a new phone in hand I took some photos with wide lens of the St. Peter’s church. I’ve grown up in Elm and many generations before me. I’ve always loved taking photography and capturing …
Mike tells us: “The building is the centre of a tiny village in Hungary – I forget the name – which I did for my next door neighbour in return for a couple of jars of delicious pickles. It was her hometown. She moved away so I do not know where it is, now.”
“This is a very young and dynamic Thomas Clarkson. I think it isn’t a bad likeness but to be honest, it depends which picture you are using at the time. His face changes – bones and all – depending on who does him! It is a large piece, at the Secret Garden Touring site, Wisbech St Mary.”
For those not from the area, Thomas Clarkson spent his life working towards the abolition of Slavery. He and his brother John, also an abolitionist, were born in Wisbech.