Imagining an alternative: Blaydoon

The year is 1828 and Blaydon is on the brink of incredible change… a turnpike is planned but will the railway arrive before it? Starting from this moment – and pooling the collective imaginations of visiting families dropping-in to Blaydon Library – we used historical photos plus found and recycled materials to re-imagine and rebuild the town as a time-warp fantasy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsing one of the library’s historical maps for guidance, I created a road network – plus section of Tyne – scaled up to a mammoth 4 metres square as ‘skeleton’ on which to build Blaydoon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOlder folk also dropped by to explore our vision and decry the demise of so many of the old buildings, now lost to the heart of the town.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had hoped to keep our creative vision in-situ for an artist’s talk the following day but, destruction prevailed yet again (the room had a morning booking).

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