Thursday, July 2, 2015

Aviary in the Atrium

As part of the Nightingale Festival, Wakefield Museums commissioned artist Andy Singleton to create an Aviary in the Atrium, inspired by Charles Waterton's last diary entry in 1865.

Andy Singleton has created two stunning and intricate display cases in the atrium space at Wakefield One:

Photo: Nick Singleton

Photo: Nick Singleton

Photo: Nick Singleton

Photo: Nick Singleton
The detail in these display is incredible, come and visit to see for yourself.

Andy Singleton also worked with a group of school children from The Waterton Academy Trust (Walton Primary Academy, Normanton Common Academy, Normanton Junior School and Lee Brigg Infant School)  to create an installation of 150 birds. 

Pupils from across the four schools made their own birds, following a demonstration by Andy.  Hundreds and hundreds of amazing birds were hatched.  so it was a difficult job to select just 150, to represent 150 years since Charles Waterton's death.

As part of the pupil's experience they had a tour of the museum displays and a special peak behind the scenes.  They helped to select the birds and worked with Andy in creating a swirling flock.

Selecting the birds for display

Behind the scenes

Creating the display

The three atrium cases are a beautiful celebration of Charles Waterton's love of birds and wildlife.

For full details of Nightingale Festival events please see Nightingale Festival 
@WFMuseums #Waterton150
Charles Waterton


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