Reading Prison: Execution

The completion of our hanging piece took a few group meetings, (Me, Fiona Jones and Blaize Lynch). After each individual piece eventually arrived, we spray painted the hand and cage black, for mystery, harmony, and to distinguish the hand from being a puppet, as it was supposed to represent the puppet master. We also made a hood for the puppet using hessian.

We then met to put everything together. The base of the man was separated and used to attach the hand to the cage, which we attached with glue and then we had to wait for it to dry. We then threaded string through the holes that we had previously drilled through the fingers and hands and feet and put it all together. Balancing it evenly when hanging it from the ceiling was tricky.

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We didn’t manage to get the dark room, but we did hire some spotlights from the equipment store to give the dramatic effect of a play. These were placed on plinths on either side, and were effective. The finished piece can be seen below.

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