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Art of Invention taking place at Quay Arts

Wed 29 May 2013

Art of Invention taking place at Quay Arts

A top Isle of Wight gallery is hosting a special exhibition to showcase the wondrous inventions of John Milne.

The Art of Invention is a celebration of the famous seismologist, inventor and all-round Renaissance Man. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his death, with the arts venue playing host to some of John Milne's works of genius.

Quays Arts frequently hosts exhibitions and live art performances in its three galleries and 134-capacity theatre.

Highlighting the unique spirit of invention, displays will involve functional and dysfunctional objects and devices, designed and created by local artists and Isle of Wight students.

They will include the winning invention from the 'Make, Shake, Quake' competition: a giant reinterpretation of John Milne's horizontal seismograph created by inventor Daniel Roberts and students from Carisbrooke College. Although it may look like the original, this object has been designed to perform a totally new task and given a new burst of life. Go and have a look and see!

Born in 1850 near Liverpool, John Milne is credited with inventing the horizontal pendulum seismograph. After travelling the to Newfoundland, Japan and all the corners of the world through his work on earthquakes, he settled on the Isle of Wight in 1895.

Nicknamed the 'Earthquake Wizard', the great man was very respected and has brought together hundreds of locals in a celebration of his ideas.

Also as part of the exhibition, Quay Arts will be displaying Milne's detailed drawings loaned from the Isle of Wight County Record Office. The seismologist outlined his inventions on wax linen in the early 1900s - these are now hanging throughout the gallery.

To add yet another dimension to the great collection, local artist, Ian Whitmore, was commissioned to create a heritage trail, pointing out key things of interest associated with John Milne in the area.

The event has been open since April 27th and will close its doors on July 4th. It is completely free to the public so get down there as soon as possible for a seismic adventure!ADNFCR-3083-ID-801591772-ADNFCR

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