Merry Christmas from Cod Steaks

Merry Christmas from Cod Steaks

13 Dec 2016

What a fantastic year it's been.

We would like to wish everyone, including our clients, suppliers and partners a happy and peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

The Cod Steaks team.

Sir Ridley Scott: Past, Present & Future Visionary exhibition opens
Sir Ridley Scott: Past, Present & Future Visionary exhibition opens
21 Oct 2016

We’re just back from the official opening of the Sir Ridley Scott: Past, Present and Future Visionary exhibition.

The reason being we were asked to recreate one of Sir Ridley Scott’s most iconic cinematic triumphs: the xenomorph from his 1979 epic Alien. With its menacing aesthetic, the creature requires little introduction.

Our brief was to design and build an authentic replica of the xenomorph from the original (and only) Alien film directed by Sir Ridley Scott, as a key part of an exhibition celebrating his cinematic works.

Despite the weeks of intense research and crafting, ensuring that every detail was present and correct, we’re ready to do it all over again. It really was a heap of fun to do!

For those of you eager to bask in greater detail you can link directly to the case study of the xenomorph replica.

We'd like to thank Sheridan Design for giving us the chance to recreate one of the greatest on-screen sci-fi nightmares, and wish South Tyneside Council every success with their new centre for storytelling and language: The Word.

British Engineering Services promotes new branding
British Engineering Services promotes new branding
28 Sep 2016

In the forming of new branding for British Engineering Services (BES), designers Forest UK wasted no time in contacting Cod Steaks to commission the creation of bespoke signage for their client's head offices. Their brief was to create a three-dimensional chrome, black and red rendering of the carefully considered BES 'coat of arms' in exquisite detail.

Hand-fabricated to allow control over finer details such as the lion and ribbons, we were able to deliver a high quality finish that was faithful to the brand.

We are grateful to Forest UK for giving us the chance to work with them on this extremely important client project, and are eager to complete the other variants in the BES portfolio.

If you're looking for a little inspiration for how you could promote your company or client, take a look at some of our recent successes here

With a flexible workspace and workforce, we will be able to help, whatever your creative brief.

The National Waterways Museum - Severn Trow
The National Waterways Museum - Severn Trow
28 Jul 2016

The National Waterways Museum in Gloucester, run by the Canal & River Trust and based in the centre of the historic Gloucester Docks, is the recipient of a series of new galleries and exhibits. Celebrating the uniqueness of the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, they tell the stories of the people who lived and worked on the canal network which played a vital role in the supply of goods to the industrial Midlands.

As part of the renovation Cod Steaks were asked to build a 6.7 metre long Severn Trow out of rope - 400 metres of 8 different types of rope to be exact!

Despite the use of almost a quarter mile of rope in its construction, the trow is extremely light - weighing less than 100kg in total. This aspect of the design, together with the sculpture being built as two separate sections, enabled ease of transport and installation. In order to ensure that the model was accurately replicated, a complete wooden structure of the trow had to be made to allow Cod Steaks's team to mould the rope around.

The Severn Trow has already featured on BBC Breakfast, in a report on the refurbishment and new exhibitions.

Gloucester's National Waterways Museum, reopens to the public on 29th July 2016.

The Danger Tree – A ground-breaking visual arts experience
The Danger Tree – A ground-breaking visual arts experience
01 Jul 2016

Cod Steaks were asked to create detailed set works for Scarlett Raven - the world's first augmented reality contemporary artist - to provide the backdrop to her trailblazing new project 'The Danger Tree', which commemorates the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Collaborating with award-winning film set designer Kave Quinn to magically transform a 2,000ft space in Greenwich, we recreated a blown-out building from the French/Belgian border. Parts of the exposed roof and walls echo with the sounds of war, and hold Scarlett's paintings suspended amidst the devastation, each beautifully lit and positioned to take the viewer on an incredible journey. The collection challenges viewers to see the works from many views and perspectives through the influence of multiple layers of content, including the words of the war poets emotively performed by leading British actors, Sean Bean, Christopher Eccleston and Sophie Okonedo.

Scarlett is the first oil painter to work in the exciting world of augmented reality. Working exclusively with Blippar - world leaders in the field of augmented art - the viewer can use their smartphone app to unlock Scarlett's poignant experiential pieces, stripping away the layers of paint to reveal the creative journey beneath each painting.

Read the case study

Cod Steaks help English Heritage launch their 1066 arrow hunt
Cod Steaks help English Heritage launch their 1066 arrow hunt
09 Jun 2016

To launch the charity's 1066 Arrow Hunt, English Heritage unveiled a giant arrow built by Cod Steaks, at the Battle of Hastings battlefield in East Sussex. The arrow measures six metres from tip to tail and weighs in at over 250 kg. The Cod Steaks team ensured the arrow was an authentic recreation with a textured wooden shaft, worn metal head and detailed red fletching.

We hope the arrow hunt is a great success and wish visitors happy hunting!

Read more about this project

 

Shrek’s Adventure! London
Shrek’s Adventure! London
28 Apr 2016

Collaborating with simulation attractions company SimWorx, we found ourselves theming the key component for Shrek's Adventure! London - Donkey's magic bus.

The attraction, based near the London Eye, utilises a fully immersive environment to transport guests through the amazing worlds seen in the DreamWorks movies to their destination in Far Far Away Land.

Cod Steaks's role was to integrate an iconic London bus exterior with SimWorx's immersive tunnel simulator. An intensive period of design development was necessary. This was to ensure our designers had a thorough understanding of the engineering, access and safety requirements. The fabrication and installation of the body required a two stage approach that involved creating the main body at our workshops in a series of sections, before installing and adding the final details on site. Both stages were handled by us to ensure that structural and visual integrity was maintained.

We were delighted to be recognised for the quality of our theming work, and to be asked to contribute to a visionary project involving the likes of SimWorx, Merlin Entertainments Ltd and Dreamworks.

Image & copy; DreamWorks Tours Shrek's Adventure! London.