Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The exhibition closes on the 21st. of the month. If you know of Rowland Emett don't miss it.

I was going to detail our doings in Birmingham in today's post, things like:

a contrast in styles, 19thC. and 21stC.

Or maybe the "Floosie in the Jacuzzi," water switched off, in front of the civic building. Possibly even the wonderful new library.

But we went into the museum and found the Rowland Emett exhibition and we were lost in a world of wonderfully eccentric inventions.

Things like the Featherstone Flyer.

The Maud Lunacycle. All these wondrous creations move and, in a strictly weird way, make sense. Well they do to me.

These all made appearances in the film of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Finally, from his masterpiece, "A Quiet afternoon in Cloud Cuckoo Valley."

We wandered, entranced, in a world of wonders, time flew and all the things we were going to do were left undone.
Oh!I just hope these videos work. Alas, in general, technology and I are playing on different fields, fingers crossed as I press the "Publish" button.

Watch this space.........


KevinTOO said...

Excellent post Graham, and yes all your movies work too :)

I've liked looking at Roland's work ever since I discovered his 'timepiece' in the Victoria Centre, Nottingham many, many years ago.

Laurie Williams said...

Yes, Graham & Jill, the animations worked fine. I remember Emett's cartoons from the days of Punch magazine, where he specialised in finely drawn railway scenes where you could lose yourself for hours studying the details. Love your blog - I'm a frustrated narrowboater in Millthorpe, a small village in central NSW, Australia, and haven't been on the cut for many years. Your blogs and others give me lots of vicarious pleasure.

Graham and Jill Findlay said...

Thank you for the comments, it's always nice to get a bit of feedback.