The Bluebird Exhibition


Following on from the Coniston Notebook, Gilly and John Hodkinson were asked by the Ruskin Museum to undertake the interpretation and design for the new gallery to house Donald Campbell’s ‘Bluebird’, when she returns after the resoration process. Despite laying in a wrecked state at the bottom of the lake for many years, Bluebird will look as new when completed, so the problem is to remind people that it is not a reproduction but in a manner which is not sinister. The textures of the boat as she was raised from the bed of the lake are being used as a reminder.

This is a large ongoing project which includes a video wall and touch screen kiosks for many pages of information and imagery. The gallery also holds Campbells ‘Jetstar’ boat, and will contain much of the museums collection of Campbell material in specially designed cases designed by Chris Brammall.

The gallery is now open to the public in a ‘draft’ form, with Jetstar, some material from the collection, the touch screens and the video wall.


Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Sculpture of Donald Campbell by Graham Ball

© John Hodkinson 2015