Slime and gloop launched itself as a trend with dozens of children, my own nephew included since it has got a bit of bad rep with warnings of products having hazardous side effects which was kinda’ sad considering its popularity and it’s positive attributes of science and creativity away from screens and devices.
This, however, has not put the trend to rest and from the 28th August at Grange Park “Slime Artist” Adrian Pritchard will be installing his impressive gloop machine. The art piece has toured the UK including residencies at Art Festivals and workshops in shopping centres giving rare opportunities to children to have their own chance to be a scientist and maker.
The live dripping slime tower is impressive to survey for both children and families, a purpose-built art installation showcases the qualities of colourful, gloopy, dripping textures that are hypnotic to watch. Adrian has spent some recent time with children at Grange Park teaching them how to use slime safely holding a weekly Gloop Club at @TheGrange, on Bathurst Avenue over the summer.
This particular Installation explores the artist’s ongoing interest in physics and fluidity with liquid-based mediums. Adrian creates sections of primary colours by using food colouring; the slime is then placed in a large revolving tube which spins at 1RPM then stops and starts every 15 minutes. This then spreads the viscous material over a net making it stretch and drip eight feet or so randomly. The patterns and formations change over time due to the subtle differences in humidity and temperature. The resulting work is a performance of something strangely organic yet artificial.
he Osmosis Machine will be on display at The Grange Bathurst Avenue, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 7RW. and has been funded by The “Tenants Project Fund” It will run from the 28th-31st August.
The Grange is run by Groundwork on behalf of Blackpool Council and offers opportunities for local residents to learn new skills, meet new people and improve their health and wellbeing.
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