Developed as a project to both interrogate Biennial artworks and consider the applications for scientific endeavour in contemporary life, The Tatton Park Space Mining Company is a series of workshops with Year 7 pupils from five schools across Cheshire.
The project was designed to focus pupils’ attention on the realities of reliance on a material that is in extremely short supply on Earth: helium. Appearing in character as representatives of the Company,
Austin and Louis Buckley welcomed packs to their ‘trainee recruits’ working with each group over the course of a day to design, build and launch rockets and space mining equipment while discussing the ethics of mining the Moon for precious metals and helium.
Commissioned for Tatton Biennial 2012