I am sitting in a plane about to depart Wellington again to work in Christchurch this week on Inland Ice for or NZ Icefest.
I have to say I am a bit nervous and had a really interrupted sleep last night as I can’t really stop thinking about the project and anticipating solutions to potential problems as well as coming up with some new and improved strategies for dealing with such a large sculptural work.
Initially I thought Inland Ice would be about 3m tall, but it turns out that she is 4.5m tall in places. She is still 20m long.
I visited Christchurch last week on Thursday for another site visit to see the completed frame work. Chris, Tom and Si did an amazing job and the engineer is happy and I am too. I also ran a very awesome Ice Shelf workshop for a group of Christchurch Homeschool kids. It started with my usual presentation via powerpoint, but as I didn’t have my scientist Craig Stevens in tow, I had to try and deliver as much of scientific context and information about Antarctica as possible. I think it went Ok.
Then we hopped into the making part of the the workshop where the kids partnered up and negotiated the geometries of the project for a while until they were ready to join them together. The partners then joined with other partner groups until we had made one complete section. It was team work at its best. Such a great and well mannered and engaged bunch of kids with a great result that will be incorporated into Inland Ice this week. Thanks guys.
And to top things off, I was invited to speak to the Science Communication class at Victoria University, Wellington with poet Helen Heath and Michele Fontana and his wonderful Museum in a Pizza Box project. It was an honour to be included with these colleagues to present alternative science communication outputs to the students. It was also such a treat to witness Helen and Michele’s practices in action. Thanks to Rhian Salmon and Rebecca Priestly for engineering such an interesting afternoon. There is much to reflect on, but for another time.
Back to today. I am hoping that it will be able to blog daily as the most exciting and visually interesting part of the project takes place over the next 8 days. Thankfully I have a highly qualified assistant Correna and hopefully I will get a few interested volunteers to help out too. If you are in Christchurch and have a spare hour or two, leave me a message below.
Or pop by to see the work take shape. It is just off Cathedral square.
But for now, I have to sign off as the plane is getting ready for landing.