Measurements Day update

 

It’s Labor Day … and we work  

Photo by Mal

 

If you thought, we had been lazing around just because it’s a Labor Day, we will prove you wrong. We have been brainstorming ideas, editing photos and wrapping up the second entry about the Measurements Day. Now the previous part was about Pauleen`s vision of the street design.  

This one is about the Ditches. We got down into the (rabbit) hole on a ladder to measure, found some exciting details and faced the issues.  

We have two 33 meters long ditches to fill up. Their walls rise with the street level, the lowest point being at around 1.50 meters, middle point at 3 meters and highest point at around 5 meters.  

Each ditch has 9 inside doors, 2 meters height and 1.5 meters width. That leaves us with 18 doors that we can use to present the paintings. We need to have fabric to cover it. But at least there will be no problem with the hanging. Just look at the arches and the steel-work. What a fantastic and solid base for hanging any object. It’s gonna rock more than Bruce Springsteen on a sold out show!  

Photo by Mal

 

Photo by Mal

 

We are going to have some interesting features where we can put the lanterns or candles. Please have a look at the rusty pipe or the small window. You don’t need a lot of money to build a character of the place. It has it already; we will use it to our advantage. And the drain is our secret weapon in case of the rain. All the water will just flow right into the hole. It makes a nice acoustic sound too.  

Photo by Mal

 

Photo by Mal

 

Photo by Mal

 

Photo by Mal

 

What we really don’t like is the fact that the ditches are currently very dirty. People seem to throw the garbage down there. We will try to see if we can get help to clean it. Sweeping is not enough. It requires a water hose.   

   

Photo by Mal

 

    

Ditch 1 (on Old Theatre Street) needs to have some stairs because otherwise people will not be able to get inside. It lowest point stands at around 1.80 meters and the entrance depth is 1.40 meters. Neither Rita nor Mal are carpenters.  

Photo by Mal

 

There are a lot of obsolete rubble and stones in Ditch 1 too. We have dubbed this particular thing “Apocalyptic Design”. In case we cannot remove it from the ditch, Mal threatens to turn it into an installation worth of Tate Museum:  

Photo by Mal

 

We also need to have keys to access Ditch 2 on Felix Street. On the Measuring day we couldn’t get inside because cars parked the entrance, which was also locked. As of now we don’t know to whom to speak to have a key, but cars pose an issue as well. If we have people parking there, we will not be able to do our work.  

 We plan to put Christmas lights on the fences and decorate the staircase with lanterns. It should create a wonderful atmosphere.  

 So that basically that. We will leave you with some shots of the Old Market that we took. Just to give you an impression of the glorious neighborhood we will be working in.  Isn’t it just splendid?  

Photo by Mal

The Sign

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

 

We will keep you folks informed.

Enjoy the (supposedly) long weekend.

Mal and Rita D.

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