A commissioned hand-made scaled streetscape model of Christchurch Road, (1900-2018) Boscombe high street built for B-E-A-F 2018.
The existing buildings of the Royal Arcade and O2 are enlarged and pixilated photographs that form the backdrop to the scene. Flashing disco lights in the top floor windows of the O2 depict the current use of the building. The long - gone, grand entrance to the Hippodrome is represented in cardboard with the slightly ajar doors giving glimpses into the long corridor leading to the auditorium.
Boscombe's past shop fronts, inhabitants and performing animals are shown in black and white, whilst the present community are shown in colour. Each day more present day visitors to the high street are added, showing the rich, bustling nature of Christchurch Road.
The Boscombe police box serves as a little- known elevator providing the peculiar caretaker (Dr. Raymond) access to the tunnels that lie deep below the high street. The modelled tunnels below are based on local legend and a big dollop of fantasy, as there are no drawings or photographs on which to base them. These dark, damp tunnels lead to the rear of the then Hippodrome allowing safe and secret passage of the performing animals.
The structure of the earth below the high street can also be seen. Dense layers of sand and rock supporting old Victorian sewers and further down in the depths, well-preserved dinosaur fossils and the jaw of a megladon.
The build begins. Trestle tables and cut to size length of plywood for the model base
Hand drawn cardboard lanterns to be hung in the shipping container with lights behind
Section through the high street, Christchurch Road, showing above and below ground
Lift shaft to Boscombe Policebox in situ
Hand drawn and water coloured metal effect for the tunnel
Section through the street showing underground pipework to the left of the Policebox. Lift shaft interior detailed, Policebox spray painted and tunnel in construction
Working on street level - incorporating the buildings from Christchurch Road. Adding hand drawn animals into the tunnels to check scale is correct
Entrance to the Hippodrome (Now the O2) under construction. Very fiddly
This model is very time consuming, but it's slowly taking shape
Awning to 'A Jones' shop added
Elephant parade, with baby in tow
Close up of the chained elephants
Hand drawn the layers of sand and soil below street level. Added some dinosaur bones too..
Entrance to Little Boscombe
It's in- just! Side panels, tunnel and front panel to finish...only 2 days until opening
Caged tigers being transported to The Hippodrome in the darkly lit tunnel
A bustling high street
Partial Megladon fossil
Dr. Raymond, magician, illusionist and caretaker of the tunnels and performing animals
Above and below streetscape of Boscombe 1900 - 2018
Some footage of the final exhibition
|'Little Boscombe.' |
28th April - 7th May @ 11:00-17:00.
In shipping container between Bosconova & Barclays Bank, Boscombe Precinct