Nuclear power stations aren’t generally considered as places of beauty, or sites of inspiration with many environmentalists opposing their existence at all in light of renewable energy trends. But last week we received an e-mail regarding Hinkley Point A Nuclear Power Station in Somerset, UK, that shed a different light on industrial power plants, with a refreshing story alongside.
Alan Sorrell was a well-known member of the Royal Watercolour Society, and built a strong reputation for himself painting archaeological illustrations, which he produced for the Ministry of Works, books, museums and the Illustrated London News. He was employed as an artist to record the construction of Hinkley Point A, from it’s beginnings , right through to its completion – a job that included climbing the great Goliath crane 250ft high to gain the best views across the site.
We’ve been very lucky to view some of these sketches, a few of which were published in ‘The Sphere‘ during the 1960’s. Unlike the many technical drawings and dark photographs printed in The Engineer, they certainly offer a different perspective of the power plant, which has now shut down and been decommissioned.
His family have been in touch, and are eager to locate the original sketches of his work, so please do get in touch with Grace’s Guide, if you have any more information on their whereabouts.