This last week has been a busy one. Monday started at 4am and our journey to Birmingham to start work on erecting all the steelwork for the Kennedy Memorial.
Thanks to the capable skills of our engineer, Rob Longley and my two co-workers Mark and Nick we managed to raise the structure in five days.
Our very great thanks to Dave Peebles of the Custard Factory for all his considerable assistance and Mike Hopkins and his very friendly and helpful staff at South & City College who gave our steel sheets safe accommodation until they could be fixed to the framework.
STEELWORK ARRIVES ON SITE
GALVANISED STEEL FRAMES RAISED, BOLTED TOGETHER AND FIXED TO BUILDING STRUCTURE (SEEN FROM ABOVE)
THE SEVEN STEEL FRAMES ARE NOW IN PLACE AND THE CORTEN AND STAINLESS STEEL SHEETS ARE INSTALLED
BY WEDNESDAY EVENING ALL THE LOWER SHEETS HAVE BEEN FIXED AND THE 16.500M BY 4.500M FRAME IS FULLY INSTALLED
MARK WORKING ON INSTALLING THE FIRST CORTEN STEEL LETTERING PANEL OVER THE STAINLESS STEEL BACKING SHEETS
YESTERDAY (FRIDAY 14TH DEC) ALL METALWORK COMPLETED ON AN EXTREMELY WET AND WINDY SITE READY FOR THE MOSAIC ELEMENTS
THE NINTH ROUNDEL FOR THE SYDENHAM CENTRE MOSAIC HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED IN THE STUDIO.
IT FEATURES A KALEIDOSCOPIC IMAGE OF CRYSTAL PALACE (X4) WITH JOSEPH PAXTON (the designer of the building) AS A BRONZE BUST WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE SITE OF THE ORIGINAL BUILDING (of course the original site of the building was Hyde Park but it was moved to Sydenham Hill shortly after the 1851 Great Exhibition but was destroyed by fire in 1936)
KENNEDY NEWS: We have encountered issues with pedestrian management for our installation work. Hopefully this will soon be resolved and we are planning to be on site December 10th to erect the framework for the mosaic. Watch this space!!
Finished the central hand clasp on friday last week and this has now been taken down from the wall and the whole drawing from the centre to the far right hand side is now up ready for the metal sheets tomorrow.
Getting into the big heads now... these are 5/6 sq ft each, so quite large.
Another exciting development is that I was clearing my mother's loft last weekend and discovered my father's original sketches for this work along with loads of photographic evidence of design details, hands, heads, Etc.
I will put them onto this blog next week, also some amazing photos of Kennedy that dad had got from American embassy.. what price these?