Ship floated on sea of green jelly in a wave of artistic endeavour
BRISTOL'S pride and joy the ss Great Britain was last night "floated" on a giant sea of neon lime green jelly as part of an exciting annual festival that explodes into life at night.
Museums at Night is a festival of culture and heritage which comes into life on the weekend nearest to International Museums Day.
Last night jelly art superstars Bompas & Parr boarded Brunel's masterpiece before flooding the glass "sea" with around 55,000 litres of lime green neon jelly. The bizarre installation is believed to be the world's biggest ever jelly art.
Previous work from Bompas & Parr includes a jelly replica of St Paul's Cathedral, a giant jelly cocktail lake and a 30ft climbing wall made of chocolate. Their celebrity clients include music producer Mark Ronson and pop star Peter Andre.
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Tickets are still available for tonight's event, where visitors are also able to visit the Dockyard Museum; and explore Brunel's first ocean- going transatlantic steamship.
The ss Great Britain spectacular is just one of more than 500 events taking part across the country.
Last night there was a special late night tour of Clifton Suspension Bridge focusing on the history of the structure's illuminations, while in Weston-super-Mare the Helicopter Museum is commemorating the 30th Anniversary of The Falklands Conflict over the entire weekend with a series of displays and more than 30 flight simulators.
But Culture 24, the company that runs the event, says the exhibition at the ss Great Britain could be the most "gobstopping" of the weekend.
It is an assertion that Sally Cordwell, of the ss Great Britain Trust unsurprisingly agrees with.
"Arguably, this is the most ambitious special event Brunel's ss Great Britain has ever held," she said.
"Bompas and Parr are two of the UK's most exciting and creative artists. They are helping us to push the boundaries for museums and introduce the ship to new audiences.
"Linking modern art with a historic iron ship is ingenious."
She added: "We have, of course, no way of knowing what Brunel might have thought of it around his ship.
"We do know, however, that he was himself a talented artist as well as an engineer, and was never afraid of a challenge. Our challenge was to ensure that the artists are able to make spectacular art, whilst not damaging the multi-million pound dehumidification system. This is truly a once in a lifetime event."
The ss Great Britain event tonight runs between 6pm and 9pm. Tickets £6 for an adult and £3 for a child.
Tickets can be purchased on the gate, from the gift shop on 0117 926 0680, or visit www.ssgreatbritain.org for more details.