Wednesday, 5 December 2018

5th December - Hut 177

One of the features of the Beach Hut Advent Calendar (which some think is a flaw!) is that it draws people out in all weathers at one of the most inclement times of year.  We thought the weather was going to be a little challenging tonight as it rained immediately before an after the event, but was dry from 5.30-6.30.  We were prepared for bad weather though and keen to maintain the unbroken record of openings since the beginning of this event in 2008.

This is an attitude close to the heart of the team that put together hut 177 tonight as they run The Outdoors Project.  

This is an organisation which runs after school clubs in 20 different schools across the city and as the name suggests, these take place outdoors and include games, woodcraft, craft and creativity.

The children were asked to create woodcraft stars to be part of the installation in the hut for tonight.  These were made from sticks and wrapped in coloured wool and came in all shapes and sizes.

The stars formed a galaxy inhabiting the ceiling of the hut, suspended above a strange creature who has been making a pilgrimage across Brighton over the past few months, eventually ending his snail trail here.

This is Fern the Nature Punk who has been part of the Snailspace art trail that has been running across the city in aid of The Martlets hospice.  

Fern is a junior snail sporting a crest of nerf missiles as nerf is one of the popular games run by The Outdoors Project.  We had hoped that we might see the snail trail created as Fern followed the star to the hut but unfortunately the rain washed it all away.

Tomorrow we're at hut 227.