Hinkley Point, the story so far

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/21/hinkley-point-c-dreadful-deal-behind-worlds-most-expensive-power-plant

Click on the link above for an overview of the Hinkley Point story.

In the meantime in Anglesey Horizon have applied for planning permission to remove all hedges, walls and natural features from a massive area just so as to be ready to build a new NPS should they get the go-ahead. Of course they are recording everything and plan to rebuild and replant every missing item should they be unsuccessful in their project. I am trying to get hold of their records – an item by item drawing of everything down to the last hedgerow plant and stone should be quite interesting.

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Drawing on the Land :Archaeology at Wylfa

 

Wylfa is currently the site of one of the largest archaeological digs in Europe, as a statutory requirement of the proposed new power station development. Volunteers are here digging a section of a neolithic henge, a massive circular ditch around the crest of a hill.DSC_0173Each ‘event’ on the site has to be accurately recorded by meticulous measured drawings. Here, below, artist and fellow volunteer Trish Bould has prepared the site for detailed recording of a round house just outside the circular henge. This has been identified after first of all a geo-physical survey, secondly, a visual identification of slight variations of colour in the soil, ringed in spray paint, and then many days of patient scraping away at stake-holes to reveal the individual stake holes in their circular form. The process of digging is like sculpture in reverse while the process of revealing and recording is like drawing on the land.DSC_0165DSC_0134DSC_0164Even the little measured recording drawings of each stake-hole have their own fascination as we enter into the discipline of another kind of drawing process.double stake holes

Sellafield

20170915_092745On my way up to Allenheads Contemporary Arts to meet up with X-10,  I swung by Sellafield in West Cumbria. Astonishingly large site but quite hard to get up close to take it all in. It really is a small city of its own and one with the now familiar nuclear culture – no photos of course except from the publicly accessible views like this one. Here is where the fuel rods from Wylfa will end up once they have been extracted from the power station as part of the decommissioning process.

Kate Williams, Dounreay

Dounreay. Kate Williams

Kate williams model of Dounreay, made of uranium glass, was know to me already from online images when we started our project. Nice to see two versions of it recently, one in Thurso museum and one in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Spooky?