Restoring one of the 32-foot parade floats used to help raise money to save the USS North Carolina (BB 55):
Using photos from the Battleship North Carolina Memorial and donated parts from Mick’s Salvage Yard, the three men restored the 32-foot-long parade float to its former glory. They spent a year and $20,000 replacing sheet metal and 13-foot-tall wooden towers and adding little touches, such as window regulators and windshield-wiper motors to make the radar and gun turrets pivot.
–We still have to build the model airplanes to go on it yet,” Fallin said.
As he talked, red light bulbs placed in the float’s gun barrels flashed, simulating muzzle fire.
’50 Views of H.M.S. Belfast’ deals with our relationship to our own bodies, one of the parts of our culture that I believe frustrates any hope of truly experiencing the sublime.
“For me, the battleship is a perfect metaphor for the Cartesian Split, the idea that our true existence resides in the mind (or the soul or whatever non-corporeal concept you prefer) and that our bodies are just a housing mechanism.
“The battleship metaphor demonstrates this alienation from the physical created by this view of existence. The vessel is a self-contained world, inward-looking and heavily defensive. It floats in the middle of what appears to be a vast void: the ocean. However the ocean is not really a desert; it only appears to be if you are stuck on the surface. It is, in fact, a vibrant and living space, below the surface.
“The phrases of the litany, the second element of the piece, reference another way in which our culture has historically alienated the body of the individual. These are the special cases of the sacred body or the royal body.”
Is Murdoc the only one who finds irony in the fact that a guy using warships as a metaphor for his own human body has mistaken a light cruiser for a battleship? That must mean something, right? And the photo in the article is not only not the HMS Belfast, but it appears to be an aircraft carrier:
Seriously. Friends don’t let art history professors talk about military hardware.