|Grotesque - but wonderful!|
|New display and window graphics installed by the Peregrine Project|
It's quite possible that our peregrines are better known than the equally amazing stone carvings, so we wanted to redress that balance. There are 26 faces and figures dotted around the four faces of Derby Cathedral, including seven 'Green Men' on the west face, and a number of carved beasts - called 'grotesques' at the very top of the tower. (They're not gargoyles, because only gargoyles have water spouts running through their mouths to drain water like a gutter, and ours do not have this.)
If you're visiting or shopping in Derby, do come down and try and see how many carvings you can spot for yourself. The side of our window display shows the locations of all the stone figures, should you get want help. A changing photo-display shows many of these carvings, and we are grateful to a number of local photographers who contributed photos, following a recent appeal on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
We also installed a monitor showing the live webcam from the peregrine nest platform, so passers-by on Irongate can now watch them any time, day or night. Our display is mounted within a full-size mock-up of the peregrine nest platform installed on the side of the Cathedral tower. So, if you want to get an idea of scale, do pop down, if you can, and take a look.
|Peregrine webcam and photo display.|
|Four life-size dummy peregrine eggs are included in the display.|
Our thanks to Katapult for designing the graphics and window vinyls, and to MK Display Solutions, both of Derby, for delivering the printed graphics panels ahead of time.
Photography: Patrick Aherne, Joyce Sawford, Mick Futers all responded to our appeal for pictures of the carvings for the digital display frame.
And thanks to my family for coping with a full size peregrine platform on our living room floor for the last three or four weeks!