Proscenium Arch

Proscenium Arch

During World War II the fairground women contributed to the War Effort by funding a spitfire, painted 'All the Fun of the Fair'.

During World War II Cassiopeia was a cargo ship serving the US Navy, she received one battle star for her service in the War Effort. 

the 'blue-air' namely being the blue-ness of smoke-filled air, the sort one might see on a battlefield, or in a region of conflict or attack.

Post World War II the Dive Bomber evoked memories of the War Effort: its vertical axis cut an imposing sight for the public, emulating the sensation of being in the cockpit of a spitfire.

The first true thrill ride of the fairground turned the air blue in 1955 & acted as a silent homage to the women.

'Homage' archives a hand-painted Proscenium Arch & a collection of blueprint drawings.
Photographed in the exhibition 'Cassiopeia: Hip' at APT Gallery, London, May 2016. 

Close Up 1

Close Up 1

A close up of the bottom of the Proscenium Arch.

Close Up 2

Close Up 2

Looking up at the Proscenium Arch.

Close Up 3

Close Up 3

Detail of two of the 'bombed' bits, of what remains of the right-hand part of the Proscenium Arch.

Close Up 4

Close Up 4

The disassembled Proscenium Arch, the components ready to travel on...

Drawings

Drawings

The exhibited construction drawings: by hand & converted to blueprints.

Blueprint No. 1

Blueprint No. 1

Fairground Plan, Nottingham Goose Fair, 1955
Pen on Paper, By Hand.

Blueprint No. 2

Blueprint No. 2

Spitfire Plan & Elevations.
Pen on Paper, By Hand.

Blueprint No. 3

Blueprint No. 3

Dive Bomber Fairground Ride, Section
Pen on Paper, By Hand.

Blueprint No. 4

Blueprint No. 4

Spitfire Wing, Section
Pen on Paper, By Hand

Blueprint No. 5

Blueprint No. 5

Control Column.
Pen on Paper, By Hand.

Blueprint No. 7

Blueprint No. 7

Components, Dive Bomber Fairground Ride.
Pen on Paper, By Hand.

Blueprint No. 8

Blueprint No. 8

Interior Section, No. 1
Pen on Paper, By Hand.

Blueprint No. 9

Blueprint No. 9

Interior Section, No. 2
Pen on Paper, By Hand.