I finished 'Barry' (as I had decided to call him) late September. It had been a hefty project - more than 4 months from start to finish.

Doug and myself arranged to meet up in Birmingham for the official handover on October 1st.

Barry was loaded in a homemade crate for protection, and on the morning of the 1st I headed out - A lift from Janet to the station, a train to Birmingham New Street, and a taxi to the Symphony Hall.

Only, it was the day before the Conservative Party Conference (also being held at the Symphony Hall), so the entire area was cordoned off. When I arrived, not only couldn't I get into the Hall, but there were armed police everywhere.

 

And it was raining.

 

The Police seemed interested about what was in the box. I explained it was a costume for a Genesis tribute band. Of course. What else would it be ?

Eventually, we managed to meet-up in a nearby pub - In my opinion, all the best art-related meetings take place in a pub - and we loaded Barry into Doug's car. 

 

Bye-bye Barry :-(

(Above) All finished.

Here's Tony dressed up.

As well as the mask, I also made some additional 'twisted limbs'. You might just be able to see the nails on the end of the fingers - those are actual fake nails. The costume was put together by Janet, her sister Christine, and their mum, Margaret. They all have my thanks for their efforts. 

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