David Reynolds, 51, from Swaythling in Southampton, has spent 15 years making the replica of the Brent Bravo oil rig.
He is hoping for a place in the record books and is waiting for confirmation his matchstick model is the biggest. The current record stands at three-and-a-half million matches.
Mr Reynolds said: “Most people watch about six or seven hours of television in the evening, you multiple that by seven, that’s 40 hours a week.
“Whereas at the end of 40 hours work on the model I have something to show for it.”
But he admitted: “Early this year I was thinking of breaking it up because it took up two bedrooms, the loft, two sheds and half my garage.”
However, the model, which is so big it had to be made in 14 separate parts, has found a temporary home at Bursledon Brickworks Museum.
Mr Reynolds’ long-suffering wife Julie said:
“I am absolutely sick to death at the sight of a matchstick but I think there is still more to come unfortunately.
“But at least I know where he is and what he’s doing, so I’d rather have him there than down the pub.”
Filed under: Bethan Wood, Community, Kieren Jones, public space | Tags: Amateurism, Art, city, fake, public space, transport
from the temopary to to conpleatly customised
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Filed under: Barking | Tags: Amateurism, Barking, Community, Folk, Model, Model Village, public space, Tourism
With the news that Google has launched the UK version of its Street View service, which allows users to browse through literally thousands of streets in over 25 UK cities, it seems that never before have so many people had the opportunity to so easily explore their local community & architectural landscape.
However, in this world of high-tech imagery & instant download, how much more do we actually know about the history of our town & it’s inhabitants?
For the Arboretum opening in April, I propose to construct a ‘model village’ of Barking Town, complete with what I believe to be interesting buildings that I feel have been overshadowed by recent developments. Local residents will also be encouraged to get involved, perhaps through workshops that will allow them to add their favourite places & buildings to the Village.
(Babacombe & Blackpool’s Model Villages)
On opening, the model village will be accompanied by a map / brochure outlining the particular interest of the buildings as well as a brief overview of Barkings lesser-known architectural assets.
Eastbury House, Barking.
(Perhaps an example of very old & forgotten history?)
It is strange when you visit Eastbury Square, Barking today and find an Elizabethan manor house stuck bang in the middle of rows of terrace housing. I have heard less intelligent residents comment that it is odd that such a dwelling should be placed here.
If only they would stop and think of the folly of their statement, they would quickly realise that this dwelling has survived here since the 16th century– a relic of the Elizabethan age, being occupied by their gentry– and hence the name of the street which leads there, being designated as Tudor Road. The house today is a Grade 1 listed building, and was listed as such in 1954. It is usually described as “an important example of a medium-large sized Elizabethan manor house”.
There is much dispute over when it was built. Analysis of twelve of its timbers by dendrochronology from the roof, by the Ancient Monuments Laboratory in 1997, suggests that its construction date was not before 1566. The official date noted on a leaden spout rainwater head on the south side of the house is 1573; this is no longer visible. In all probability it took many years to complete and was built between these dates.
Filed under: Kieren Jones | Tags: Amateurism, Art, celebrity, Folk, Makeover, public, Wacko Jacko
The evolution of Michael Jackson’s personal body work….
Filed under: Kieren Jones | Tags: amateur, Amateurism, craft, Folk, Fruit, show, Vegetable
This Year’s Amateur Veggie art show…
Filed under: Kieren Jones | Tags: amateur, Amateurism, Cake, Folk, food, Skull
Skull Birthday Cake…