The Gresley Statue
The Statue project continues to progress to plan and further substantive progress has been made in recent weeks. With the installation and unveiling to take place at 11.00am Tuesday 5th April 2016 marking the 75th Anniversary of Sir Nigel Gresley’s passing.
Here is a summary of construction:-
Following the signing of the contract (see previous news) Hazel Reeves has been busy making progress on the construction. Like any specialist activity a good working environment is needed and Hazel’s studio now has new ‘daylight’ strip lights, additional electrical sockets and a raised platform to aide working at height.
The armature for the statue has made good progress and by the time you are reading this update should be complete. This is manufactured from ‘Kee Klamp’ which is very strong and similar to scaffolding material.
Half a ton of clay has been delivered and this will allow the block out of the sculpture to begin. To ensure an accurate and sound sculpture Hazel will be working with a male life model in the early stages to ensure the anatomical foundations are sound.
In addition to all the exciting physical work Hazel was able to discuss the project with HRH Princess Michael of Kent and Michael Portillo at a recent Society of Women Artists event in London. Both expressed much support for the recognition at London Kings Cross station.
Hazel engaged in conversation with HRH Princess Michael of Kent.
The above photograph was taken recently at the meeting of the statue group and Hazel to approve the sculpture for mould making and finally casting. It was "like being in the presence of greatness!"
In his left hand you will see that Sir Nigel Gresley is clutching a magazine....
The image above shows the last piece of the sculpture to be modelled. This is Hazel's rendition of The Locomotive magazine of 1938 recording on the front cover the world speed record achieved by Gresley Class A4 Locomotive No. 4468 Mallard
Kings Cross Station
There is no doubt that the permission to allow a statue of Sir Nigel Gresley to be placed in such a prominent position at Kings Cross will reflect most positively on the Society and those who worked diligently to achieve the outcome. In recent times with the modification to the design it was appropriate for the Society to reconfirm that all consents remained in place. We are pleased to say that this confirmation has been received meaning that all planning for the installation at Kings Cross can go ahead.
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Please continue to visit our website where further updates will be provided as we chart the exciting progress of the building of the statue and its erection at Kings Cross Station.