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The Company Of Cranes

'The Company of Cranes' is the work of artist Melanie Tomlinson, commissioned by Somerset Art Works and The Great Crane Project and funded by Arts Council England.

During 2013 Melanie travelled with the Great Crane Project Team to Brandenburg in Germany to observe the collecting of Cranes eggs and their subsequent journey back to the UK, rearing at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and their final release onto the Somerset Levels.

Melanie created a series of hand printed pre-cinema objects consisting of 2 steel Zoetropes and 2 steel Praxinoscopes. Each object has been hand-printed with her own finely detailed colourful gouache illustrations which tell the story of Melanie's experiences in the forest, swamps and flower meadows of Somerset and the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, Brandenburg.

"Working on the Crane project has been a very moving and emotional experience. To see Cranes in the wild in Germany and to observe the collection of eggs has put the project into a new context for me. It has also inspired exciting new artworks that I hope reflect the beauty of the project and the landscapes of Somerset and Brandenburg. " Melanie Tomlinson

As well as developing her own creative response to the project, she has also been commissioned to create a series of online resources about the Eurasian Crane. The resources help to promote awareness of Cranes and flora and fauna in Somerset. They will be available for schools in Somerset and further afield, community groups and any interested parties to download and use in late autumn 2013.

You can follow Melanie's journey on her blog:

The Online Resources are be available to view at