Saturday, April 18, 2009

Journey to the North Pole, in Cambridge.

Went to the Scott Polar Institute here in Cambridge. You can see records of these amazing voyages and read terrible stiff upper lip last letters from the crew and Scott himself as they froze to death in the bleak snow. oh, and Shakelton too.

The place was full of old weird stuff, all quite aged and fascinating.

These things above, they had a huge case of them, were called scrimshaws and they had a beautiful folk quality- but scrim shaws? Who knows.

I always say that boots have a real narrative quality, much more than shoes. I felt fairly convinced of this by these babies.

And well this is just here as proof that you can find Inukshuks anywhere, even in Cambridge. These were made in Canada, 4 inches tall and cost $160.