Cloudy with light rain showers
Wind: 4 mph
After spending an amazing week packed with visitors’ stories, immersive environmental sounds and iconic imagery, the time has come for us to depart from our slate-built Geoffrey Grey on our last day at CAT.
Today we placed Geoffrey on the water powered funicular train that takes visitors up the hill to the beginning of the centre. As we ascend, the water-heavy carriage coming down from the top of the hill passes by, its weight pulling our carriage up the hill. This is the setup for our final shot, with Geoffrey listening to the creaking train tracks and water flowing sounds as we travel up and downhill, marking the beginning and the end of our and everyone else’s journey at CAT. As we reach the top station, the last vibration of the carriage clicking into place draws a crack across Geoffrey’s fragile structure. While the rest of the carriage is emptying out, we are collecting the slate pieces that were once part of our stories-gatherer and gently pick up the remains, heading towards his final dwelling in the polytunnel.
We end our piece with Geoffrey’s placement on the top of an ivy covered slate wall, where he will be reclaimed back into the environment.
It has been an inspiring and emotional week with so much shared knowledge and experiences by visitors, volunteers and staff at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Today we stand in awe before the generations of people whose lives have been shaped by this truly remarkable place whose experimentation, lived expertise, passion and dedication continue to drive and evolve this unique place in the Welsh wilderness as a centre for true inspiration.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova