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Hands in pockets for a great little idea

Imagine going for a walk somewhere in the south of England, in lovely or at least interesting countryside, and coming across a fascinating little structure.

Imagine going for a walk somewhere in the south of England, in lovely or at least interesting countryside, and coming across a fascinating little structure. One that wasn’t there recently and that somehow gives the impression that it won’t stay for long. One made of two simple forms, of blackened wood covered in rope. Peer in – or even go in if you are lucky – and you realise that there is some artistic endeavour going on. You may be able to look at the work, or even meet the artist. Wouldn;t that be exciting?

It could happen. The project is called the Observatory. It is the brainchild of an organisation called SPUD which was behind the fantastic Exbury Egg. It has been designed by incredibly talented young architects and an artist. It will go to four different sites, with several different artists in residence in each place.

All the work is being done on a shoestring with enormous enthusiasm but there is still not enough money. So today they have launched an Indiegogo campaign. It is a really worthwhile cause – I know because I was one of the judges of the competition. There are various ‘perks’ for contributing. But the real perk will be taking that walk, visiting the observatory and thinking ‘I helped make that happen’.

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