Redsands Fort (U6)
ORIGINAL PRINT - Limited Edition of 12 Crafted Prints (Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 305gsm with pigment ink) This fine art print meets museum longevity requirements and is carefully hand crafted. Prior to dispatch the print is hand signed and individually numbered. A certificate of authenticity is supplied.
Print Size | 24" x 16”
There are 7 forts in the Red Sands group, at the mouth of the Thames Estuary. These forts were previously connected by metal grate walk-ways. In 1959 consideration was given to re-floating the Red Sands Fort and bringing the towers ashore, but the costs were prohibitive. In the early 21st century there were threats that the fort could be demolished so a group called Project Redsands was formed to try and preserve the fort. It is currently the only fort that can be accessed safely from a platform in between the legs of one of the towers.
The Thames Sea Forts are the last in a long history of British Marine Defences. The Army Anti Aircraft forts have played a significant role in post World War 2 developments. Notably in offshore fuel exploration and drilling platforms. The successful rapid deployment of the Maunsell Forts soon after led to the construction of the first offshore oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in the late 1940’s.
Up until 2003, no serious consideration had been paid to the preservation of any of these historic structures. Now discussion is taking place within Government Agencies which will determine the future of The Maunsell Towers.
Project Redsand has been established to secure the Redsand Towers, coded "Uncle 6" during WW2 and chosen because it is the better of the two Army forts, closest to shore and clear of the main shipping lanes.
When operational, catwalks connected the buildings. Built on land and then transported to their watery homes, the forts were designed by Guy Maunsell, a British civil engineer, later known for innovations in concrete bridge design. Originally there were three of these forts, but only two are left standing: the Redsands Fort and the Shivering Sands Fort.
After their successful wartime career, the forts were decommissioned in the 1950s. The Nore Army Fort was badly damaged in a storm and by being struck by a ship, and was dismantled in 1959-60. In the 1960s and 70s, the remaining abandoned forts were famously taken over as pirate radio stations. The micro nation Principality of SeaLand occupies a nearby Navy fort of a different design known as the Roughs Tower, also by Maunsell. All of the Army Forts are now abandoned.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 305gsm is made of 100% Cotton. This paper is extremely age resistant and has an ultra-smooth surface texture. Its premium inkjet coating allows for a large colour gamut and brilliant contrasts. The smooth surface makes it ideal for fine art photography, art reproduction and digital art in colour and black-and-white. Photo Rag Ultra Smooth is optimised for the latest generation of large format printers - especially for large prints.
This fine art print will meet museum longevity requirements and has a unique extra contrasty surface with a sensual feel. The print has a total of twelve different inks, ensuring that even the minutest details are visible, and the colours appear freshly printed even after 100 years. This art paper base offers a unique "touch and feel" experience - the Hahnemuhle typical 4th dimension.
It is the artist's preference to use traditional negative film and mechanical cameras. The film is hand developed and scanned by the artist, prior to creating the art work.
Photographic based artist Jonathan Talks produces original artwork from his Nottingham studio.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 305gsm with pigment ink