Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Iron Giant with artist Johnny White

This was actually back in October as part of Sheffield's "Out of This World" convention. The Showroom is an Art Deco styled independent cinema in Sheffield City centre, it's a lovely building with tons of character and the staff there are very friendly. We took Ruben along to do a workshop about The Iron Giant followed by a cinema screening of the film. It was one of Bailey's favourite films when he was younger and it's the first book Ruben has read all by himself-YES all by himself!!!!- so it's going to be very special for me forever, forever entwined and connected with my two wonderful boys :D

The workshop was run by artist Johnny White, he was full of energy and most importantly had tons of scrap metal, wires, nuts, bolts and tin foil! All sorts of creativity to start building an Iron Giant! The framework was actually already done, but what was needed was the "filling in" of the giant, he was an empty shell waiting to be filled in by the children's imaginations...

Ruben went straight for the arms!

He set about wrapping foam around the arms, then foil, then red wire around one arm.

He found an old shower hose which he managed to attach around it and also found some light fixings to use on the grabber hands too.

Both arms finished!

Assembling the iron giant:

The children had worked so well doing all the different parts, the head, chest and legs all looked brilliant and the children loved seeing him all fixed together:

He was proudly displayed in the Showroom Foyer by the time the film had finished (it was still there when I took Piper to see The Imiatation Game a few weeks ago too!). 

Johnny White, to us anyhow, is best known for this cutlery statue in Sheffield's Millenium Galleries, Sheffield is famous for it's steel in case you didn't know and so it's very fitting! When you put money into the statue it's moves. It's always been a favourite with our children:

Ruben was so inspired the next day he completely took apart an old toaster! 

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