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Mysterious Mr Whale project starts in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 09:20 04 August 2011

l to r Lucy Steggals giving a camera to Chris Klempau

l to r Lucy Steggals giving a camera to Chris Klempau

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»Free disposable cameras have been handed out to help complete an art project and finish the work of the mysterious Mr Whale.

Artist Lucy Steggals is preparing to set up a stall in the Gravesend Market on Monday dedicated to producing an encyclopaedia as part of the Encounters Project, six unique installations across Kent launched last week.

To gather information on the town Miss Steggals was at the Big Day Out recently handing out information packs including a free disposable camera to capture the important images of the town.

She said: “I have 250 packs to distribute but I want to do it in stages so I can hand them to certain community groups as well as members of the public.”

Her project centres around Mr Whale, a fictional character who came out of the sea around the turn of the 19th to 20th century and began collecting information about Gravesend.

“I want to carry on and complete his work,” explained Miss Steggals.

Other Encounters projects, funded by North Kent Local Authorities Arts Partnership, over the summer include dance performances in Sheerness and Chatham, an open invitation to theatre and drama groups to perform in Temple Manor Strood and a sound piece mixing the individual sounds of traders into a composition played on Strood High Street. A mobile living room made of paper created by art group Animate will be touring Gravesend in October as part of the scheme.

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