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AIS IT ART?
rt (Noun): The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
I’ve often pondered whether a model railway can be considered “art”. Mostly with enthusiast friends in the pub, but today I’m inspired by one of our more unusual features. Mysterious street artist Banksy has branched out into model making, donating a building to the Merrivale Model Village. The addition to their scene was a bit of a surprise, but one that has helped the attraction enormously through the pandemic.
If a famous artist producing a building can be considered “art”, presumably Daniel Cousins cracking warehouse on Page 24 deserves the same classification. After all, I certainly appreciate its beauty. Maybe even Dave Skertchly’s ironwork on Page 30 might qualify, although its “beauty” is perhaps an acquired taste!
Beyond this, every month we bring you stunningly attractive layouts, also a form of art to my mind. After all, I’d rather look at these than some of the things you find in galleries! What do you think – is what we do art?
I'm finally catching up on my project backlog. This Birkhill Fireclay Mine Hutch is a delightful multi-media kit from Harecroft. It's just my sort of narrow gauge wagon – small and full of character. The only problem is, I need to some more to make up a train, and it took me four years to get around to this kit!
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