The Memory Glow lantern installation for the Planet Angel X-Party continues apace. Here's the blurb in case you missed it:
It's been ten years of connecting, chatting, meeting brilliant new people, dancing all night to awesome tunes. Planet Angel isn't just about having fun at the best Party in town - it's about old friends and new, getting involved, unexpected coincidences, forging new connections, sparking new ideas, giving creativity and friendship a chance to flourish. No wonder so many of you have amazing stories to tell.
For the X-Party, Helen Lambert and Deirdre Ruane - both longterm PA regulars - are turning your memories into a constellation of hanging lanterns for you to explore and enjoy. Wander among slowly spinning planets of all shapes and sizes, each glowing with its own inner light, and see if you can spot your own favourite moments from Planet Angel's history. Text and art will intertwine to commemorate the most special and magical moments of the last ten years. Chill out under the rainbow light display, point out familiar scenes to your friends, discover new stories and remember old ones.
Every community has its own folklore - the stories that share our collective experience and offer inspiration for the future. Memory Glow celebrates some of those stories.
Our 'studio' has been relocated from the living room of bard's house (many thanks to him, strongtrousers and cyrus_ii for putting up with us imposing for quite so long) to my parents' new house in Chigwell, because it has All The Rooms and my parents are lovely. We're not used to being close enough to do this kind of favour for each other. It's marvellous and I'm immensely grateful for it.
So today, Niamh and I are moving into one of my parents' spare rooms for a week, so I can devout my every spare waking hour to finishing decorating lanterns without leaving my cat abandoned and starving in Tottenham. It's going to be a bit strange being away from my comptuer and commuting to OG from there, but it's the only option. This would be massively easier if I had a studio, or a bigger house, but while I'm still earning my fortune I'm really lucky to have parents who are willing and able to help out.
As well as the inevitable last-minute finishing-the-lanterns crisis, entirely unhelped by bluedevi's and my chronic perfectionism, at the moment I'm trying to untangle a whole heap of last minute logistical crises. The lantern-making workshop we're running on the night is now sorted in terms of designs and materials. The LEDs for the installation have been ordered and we've got a plan for how and when we're going to rig them. bluedevi and I will head to the venue on the morning of the Party to spend the day rigging and getting everything right (and dealing with the inevitable last minute things going wrong). We're running the craft table until midnight and (I think!) have the rest of the evening off to party and enjoy ourselves :) Then we're staying on Saturday morning to de rig, and we have a tentative plan for where the lanterns go after the Party.
But we're stuck on how to get them there. This isn't really a last-minute panic - we've known all along that we didn't have a transport solution, and were relying on Planet Angel to help out. But various options have fallen through, and we're getting to the stage of Desperately Asking Everyone We Know On The Internet. Hi, internet! We can offer free tickets to the Party, petrol money, pints of your favourite tipple and probably more - if there's something you'd like in return just ask and we'll see what we can do :)
There are twelve lanterns of varying sizes. Half of them are stackable cuboids and cylinders; a few are awkward round shapes. Three of them are BIG round shapes - the biggest is 3ft across. It's a bit tricky because they're bulky and fragile (although very lightweight) so ideally we are looking for someone with an estate car or people carrier.
At the moment they're in Chigwell in Essex, at my parents' house. We need to get them from there to the Colosseum in Vauxhall on the morning of Friday 27th so we can rig the installation. We know they just about fit in a car because strongtrousers drove them to Chigwell, although it'll be a tight squeeze and there won't be space for passengers.
Now there are two ways of doing this...
If someone is able to drive to Chigwell on Friday morning, we'll help you pack the lanterns into the car, then you drive to Vauxhall while bluedevi and I get on the tube (carrying the biggest two/three lanterns by hand if necessary) and meet you at the venue. Easy!
However, we know that most people are working during the day Friday ... so if necessary we can do the journey in two stages.
If anyone is able to drive up to Chigwell on Wednesday or Thursday (in the evening maybe?) and drop the lanterns off somewhere in South/Central London a bit closer to Vauxhall, we can leave them there until Friday morning and then collect them in a cab to take them to the venue.
So... is anyone able to help out with the driving? And if you don't drive, do you have a house within affordable cab distance of Vauxhall where you could store our lantern project for a day or two next week?
Thanks so much in advance to anyone able to volunteer. We are A Bit Stuck so any help you could give would be massively appreciated.