Monday 16 July 2018

The making of IWM Duxford's DX17

The making of IWM Duxford's DX17

2017 marks the centenary of Imperial War Museums and 100 years since work began to create RAF Duxford. To commemorate the centenary of the aircraft base that became IWM Duxford, renowned multi-disciplinary artist and composer Nick Ryan was commissioned to create the site's inaugural contemporary art installation, DX17.

Inspired by themes of flight and innovation, DX17 is a spectacular and imaginative storytelling device that helps tell the stories of some of the men and women who lived and worked at Duxford from the last 100 years.

A futuristic and aerodynamic large-scale sculpture that's almost the same size as a Spitfire, the installation engages visitors in a tactile journey to discover 100 memories from Duxford’s remarkable past and present by revealing narrative fragments, voices, sound, signals, moments, stories or anecdotes.

In this video, Ryan talks more about his latest installation and what inspired him to create DX17.

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Artist's impression of Nick Ryan's DX17 sculpture, which opens at IWM Duxford 16 June.
Artist's impression of Nick Ryan's DX17 sculpture, which opens at IWM Duxford 16 June.