Diana helped with a workshop mid-exhibition. We had a great time learning a few new knitting stitches and techniques, and though we didn’t finish a whole knitted carbon dioxide molecule, we did manage to make one out of pompoms!
The conversation flowed over a whole range of ideas and issues. Chloe Uden from RegenSW told us about the SWIMBY musical about the Transition movement. It’s going to feature someone knitting in a corner throughout!
Composer Emma Welton brought some hi-tech equipment to record the sound of knitting. Her interest is also in energy generation, so she has been recording wind turbines, hydro-electricity, and large-scale power stations. Looking forward to hearing what she creates out of it all.
Photos by Clive Chilvers.
Mid-exhibition workshop in the gallery itself.
Knit your own carbon dioxide - a tangle of black and red yarn, needles and patterns.
Following the pattern for atoms. You can download your own patterns for atoms, bonds and moecules on this website.
Oxygen atom taking shape.
We didn't manage to finish a whole knitted carbon dioxide, but we did make a pompom!
Photos of the exhibition in the Glorious Art House, Exeter, from 11-24 July 2015.
The gallery on the second floor became the Earth’s atmosphere, as particles hung in space around an inflatable globe. But the particles were also hung according to three pieces of data. So the gallery was also effectively a 3D graph. It even had axis labels, because if one is going to be a data geek, one may as well go the whole hog!
The posters around the room supplied the salient data about each particle, and the particle structures and the data also provided the material for some games – Turn Up Trumps and Fair Weather Friends – based on a couple of family favourites. There was a wordsearch too, all available to play nestled among the cushions in the games alcove.
And finally, there were leaflets about the exhibition and knitting patterns available to take away. You can find out more about the issue of climate change and what you can do, and download the patterns and games, on the “Up in the Air” exhibition page.
Photos by Clare and Clive Chilvers.
The Glorious Art House on Exeter Fore Street. Truly glorious!
"Up in the Air" showed over 11-24 July 2015 in the gallery on the second floor of the Glorious.
The gallery was transformed into Earth's atmosphere, containing eight greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change.
Axis labels at [0,0,0] on the gallery as 3D graph. Well if one is going to be a datageek, one may as well go the whole hog!
The wall posters provided the particle names and structures, and the salient data which dictated where the particles were hung in the gallery.
Hidden behind planet Earth, a glimpse of the games alcove - carpet, cushions, Turn Up Trumps, Fair Weather Friends, Snap, Wordsearch, and more.
Turn Up Trumps
Proof that knitting is tactile and particles are squeezy!
Sulphur hexafluoride casts a shadow
CFC-11 and HFC-23
There was lots of take-home stuff. Knitting patterns appeared after the knit your own carbon dioxide workshop, which happened mid-exhibition.
Clare managed to get in to the Glorious a couple of days early, so has already set up. Difficult to take photos of the whole room with only a smartphone – need a proper camera with a fish-eye lens! But hopefully these give a flavour of the transformation of the gallery into the Earth’s atmosphere and a 3-dimensional graph via the medium of knitting and chemistry!
The Earth surrounded by knitted representations of greenhouse gases.
A peek into the games niche, and from left to right: nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, methane.
Comfy cushions and 3 or 4 games for you to play!
A view of some of the info posters, and from left to right: HFC-134a, CFC-11, HFC-23, sulphur hexafluoride.
The knitted greenhouse gases were hung in the 3D space according to 3 pieces of data. Here are the x,y,z axes.
The as-yet empty comments book. Come and have a look!
Diana was invited to the inauguration of the Incinerator on the morning of 16th October. She took a bunch of cutie PM2.5 particles with her, and they were a big hit with Viridor staff! Thanks to @michaelrigby2 from Cobalt Energy for providing his photos.
All togged up, ready for the tour around the incinerator. It was very instructive, and everyone should go to see how our waste is treated.
Speeches were spoken, a plaque unveiled, and there was lots of enthusiastic chatter about the inauguration.
What you chuck in your black bin is collected by the lorries, chucked in this big pit, mashed up and shredded a bit.
CCTV shows the big grabber which picks up waste and puts into the kiln. The operator sits on a big Star Trek seat overlooking the pit.
The control room monitors the ins and outs of waste-bearing lorries, and emissions.
Waste is loaded into oscillating kiln and burnt, I think at 8,000 degrees.
Most of the toxic particles are collected in lime bags (a bit too messy to show).
This is the stack, with the red lights on top, shooting emissions into the atmosphere. The Environment Agency regulates these.
This is the air cooled condenser. Steam that has been through the turbine is cooled back to water ready to go back through the cycle.
Lorries come to take the toxic fly and bottom ash away.
The particles 'emitted' at the exhibition launch were also a big hit with Viridor staff. Diana needs to make more!
Hanging the particles and Ben’s photographs in the Real Food café took over 5 hours. We were exhausted, but very pleased with how it turned out. Big thanks to Naomi Hart for her advice in the planning stage and help with the hanging.
Dioxin from without
Furan from without
Diana putting the finishing touches to carbon dioxide