Finds from Shetland shoreline attracts international interest
by Kirsty Halcrow -
New project from Bunsen Heavy Industries featuring finds from the Shetland shoreline already attracting international interest.
Driftnails is a catalogue of 100 nails extracted from driftwood gathered on the shoreline of Shetland between 2010 and 2013. During this three year period hundreds of pieces of driftwood - from splintered fragments to whole planks and logs - were collected and any nails found embedded in them carefully extracted.
Images of the 100 most striking of these nails have been captured using a high resolution scanner and made available on-line at www.driftnails.com. Visitors to the site can zoom into these high resolution scans and see the detailed patina of rust, dents, chips, scratches and marks that record and signify something of the journey each Driftnail has undertaken since its manufacture.
Driftnails is a project created and realised by Bunsen Heavy Industries - an artist based in Shetland and London. Commenting on the project, he said:
All Driftnails are available for sale through the website using an innovative pricing strategy. The first 23 Driftnails cost 23p each, the second 23 £2.30 each, the third 23 £23.00 each, the fourth 23 £230.00 each and the last eight £2300.00 each. Since the launch in January this year over 30 Driftnails have so far been sold and shipped to destinations including Australia and the USA.
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