Sunday, 8 November 2015

Wicksteed Park Dragon Bonfire

Wicksteed Park already have a fantastic choreographed firework display by MLE Pyrotechnics and this year the park asked Pirate Technics to sculpt their bonfire too.

We built them a huge dragon from pallets and old timber. Well done all Pirates who braved the torrential rain to create this epic beast!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Converse Shoes Burning Man

Pirate Technics were asked to burn a suspended man for a Converse Shoes corporate event on Guy Fawkes night. Look at him burn!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Burn Burn Burn Film Release

The release date for Burn Burn Burn, the first film featuring Pirate Technics, is approaching and will be shown during BFI London Film Festival this week on 15 October. See the link below for details.

In the meantime, if all the tickets are gone and you simply can't wait for the nationwide release to see our invaluable contribution to British film, then watch the trailer on YouTube to whet your appetite and prepare yourself for some Pirate action. You can just see our sculpture being set on fire at about 1:48!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Love-Bot Demands Bestival Love!

For Bestival on the Isle of Wight this year, Shipshape Arts designed and built the Love-Bot. A 7m tall colossus that towered above the crowd. The story was as follows:

"The Lovebot needs love for his energy, without it he rests in limbo - full of angst and worry, with his joints gradually rusting together and his internal batteries slowly running down... all he needs to come alive is someone to show him some love!"

He had animated eyes, lights, turning key and smoke from his ears. The more love he was shown, the more animated he became!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Sweepers move to Nottingham Castle

If you are walking through Nottingham Market Square and wonder where our sweepers sculptures have gone, they have been relocated to Nottingham Castle where hopefully they will receive less abuse from Stag-Dos!

Monday, 31 August 2015

John Lewis Oxford Street "Chlamps"

Legs feeling weary after a long day shopping in John Lewis on Oxford Street? Don't despair, Shipshape Arts have designed, built and installed some giant lamps (dubbed the "chlamps") on the second floor with upholstered seating to display their range of home furnishing fabrics in a funky, yet functional way!

Remember to stop by and visit our cushion spiral on the way!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Green Man Festival

Pirate Technics once again built and burnt the Green Man sculpture for the eponymous festival.

This year the wishes were written onto wooden flags extending into the field, which were wrapped around him before the burn.

It is a fantastic festival and you should all join us there next year!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Creative Review Feature

Check out this introduction from Creative Review for Bestival 2015's Love-Bot that is currently sitting in our workshop, ready for its adventure to the Isle of Wight!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Best Block Party at Secret Garden Party 2015

Secret Garden Party 2015 was a bit of a muddy one, but congratulations to all Pirates for not only rocking it (as usual!) but also keeping our stage going for a whole extra unscheduled day all through Sunday at the best block party on site!

The coloured building block boat we constructed on the lake was bold and the smubble machines looked awesome from the shore!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Parrot Pagodas at Glastonbury 2015

Our Parrot Pagodas are normally backstage at The Park area of Glastonbury, but this year they were in full public view right in front of The Park main stage.

They held up well and offered great shade and shelter to all.

Remember, the Parrot Pagodas are available to hire from us and there are plans to increase the number available to more than 3.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Giant Scarecrows do not Scare Crows

It's official! We now have evidence that, ironically, giant scarecrows actually scare crows less.
We captured this picture whilst installing our giant time-travelling scarecrow for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Cutting Hedge Sculpture!

"Cutting hedge sculpture - that was the response from one member of the public about our new Sweepers Installation found in Market Square, Nottingham.
They have been commissioned by Nottingham City Council to celebrate their status as Britain's cleanest city!

There has been some fantastic press surrounding this installation, including features on local news and national news websites.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sculptures Become Local Attraction at Farmeco

That's right, we're famous once more! The local paper, The Newark Advertiser, features our giant topiary figures as they continue to draw attention and become a local landmark in Screveton.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Improbable Cushion Spiral

To promote their range of luxury cushions, John Lewis commissioned us to build an improbable cushion spiral. It has gone on display at their flagship store on Oxford Street and has been installed to coincide with their ongoing refurbishment. It features a mirrored base so it appears twice as big too!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Mini Green Man

Normally we're used to building massive sculptures for the Green Man Festival, but this collapsible one we have built will be driven around the country in the back of a car promoting their events this year.