What Would You Like To Be Famous For?

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A ground breaking kinetic sculpture was premiered in London, featuring 1,542 answers to the question: “What would you like to be famous for?”
 This unique collaborative project, which was launched globally by The Famous Grouse in August, has seen over twenty countries participate, resulting in thousands of responses from the evocative to the humorous.

The Famous Collaboration by The Famous Grouse, contains more than 51,000 characters which have been laser cut, bringing together the life the aspirations and ideals of fame from people around the world. Entries have come from as far and wide as Taiwan, Russia, Turkey, Canada, Greece, Belgium and Great Britain, to name just a few.
 From the thousands of submissions received, only 1,542 were selected to reflect the diverse range of answers about fame, which included: discovering life on another planet, becoming the first one to savour whisky on the moon and getting equal rights for all people. From secret dreams, lifelong ambitions to those that just want to be known for being good to mankind, the answers show the truly diverse realities of people’s views of fame globally.

The sculpture has been made by some of the world’s leading artists. Led by Marshmallow Laser Feast in conjunction with Studio Roso on the design of the sculpture and with Ruairi Glynn on the kinetic and lighting elements, the total team consisted of 34 engineers and digital specialists. 
 
The sculpture is just over 5m high and just under 5m wide at the widest point, weighs around 300 kilos and consists of more than 62 copper-plated strips forming a giant spiral. Using specialist lighting and a robotic arm, which sits at the heart of the structure, the laser cut words are projected dramatically onto all the surrounding walls and surfaces.
 
The vast sculpture is suspended from the ceiling allowing viewers to stand underneath and experience both the inside and outside reflections. The robotic arm, which sits at the centre, can also be controlled remotely by viewers when standing underneath the sculpture – bringing the sculpture truly to life.

According to Barney Steel from Marshmallow Laser Feast: “The whisky making process provided a rich source of inspiration for all aspects of the sculpture; the rings around whisky barrels inspired the strips of copper, the pot stills inspired the shape, size and style and the liquid vortex created when you swirl whisky in a glass for nosing and tasting inspired the lighting effect.”

Asanka De Silva, Global Brand Controller for The Famous Grouse, said: 
“As a brand that earned the right to be famous since 1905, now 108 years on, we wanted to discover what being famous means to people today. It’s been fascinating to see the wide range of answers from around the world and bringing them to life in such a unique way.
 
“This year’s sculpture is just the start of a new journey for The Famous Grouse brand as we bring to life the power of collaboration which is an everyday part of our life in making a truly famous whisky. The sculpture will return to Scotland where we aim to share it with future generations.

  • The Famous Grouse is the no. 4 blended whisky worldwide.
  • The Famous Grouse is exported to over 100 countries.
  • Created in 1896 by founder Matthew Gloag, it was originally called The Grouse Brand. The brand became so popular that on August 12th 1905 it was renamed The Famous Grouse.
  • The Famous Grouse Experience is located at Scotland’s oldest working distillery – Glenturret. Originally established as a single malt distillery in 1775, today The Famous Grouse Experience is the most visited distillery in Scotland – www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com

Whisky Festivals:

26may - 3junAll DayIslay Festival - Feis IleIslay

Event Details

The Islay Festival of Music and Malt for whisky fans around the World is one of the most important dates in the calendar.  The distilleries on the island and on neighbouring Jura, run open days throughout the week. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. Now in their 31st year, so they must be doing something right!

Feis Ile 2017 will be held from Fri 26th May – Sat 3rd June.

The Feis Ile is the charitable organisation from which this now huge Festival of Music & Malt has evolved. The Voluntary Committee work collaboratively with the Distillery Community together with local Musicians and other interested people to showcase Islay.

Time

May 26 (Friday) - June 3 (Saturday)

Location

Islay

Organizer

The Feis Ile

26may - 3junAll DayIslay Festival - Feis IleIslay

Event Details

The Islay Festival of Music and Malt for whisky fans around the World is one of the most important dates in the calendar.  The distilleries on the island and on neighbouring Jura, run open days throughout the week. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. Now in their 31st year, so they must be doing something right!

Feis Ile 2017 will be held from Fri 26th May – Sat 3rd June.

The Feis Ile is the charitable organisation from which this now huge Festival of Music & Malt has evolved. The Voluntary Committee work collaboratively with the Distillery Community together with local Musicians and other interested people to showcase Islay.

Time

May 26 (Friday) - June 3 (Saturday)

Location

Islay

Organizer

The Feis Ile

17jun12:00 pm- 9:00 pmEdinburgh Whisky FestivalThe Whisky LoungeAssembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

Event Details

This years Edinburgh Whisky Festival we’re heading back to the Assembly Rooms on George Street. This iconic Georgian venue has long been at the heart of Edinburgh hosting thousands of events from Royal banquets to film festivals, but for this day in June it will play host to Scotland’s most iconic drink – whisky!

As in previous years you can expect to see a fantastic display of whiskies from Scotland and around the world, we’re also working on some sensational masterclasses which will leave even the most seasoned whisky drinker astounded and amazed.

As always you also have a choice of sessions in order to ease the crowds slightly and make your life more comfortable!

Saturday 17th June Early Session: 12pm-4pm

Saturday 17th June Late Session: 5pm-9pm.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Assembly Rooms

George Street, Edinburgh

Organizer

The Whisky Lounge

24jun12:00 pm- 4:30 pmStoke-on-Trent Whisky Festival 2017Around 100 whiskies and more than 15 gins availableKing's Hall, Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH

Event Details

Organised by 2 local whisky enthusiasts, Chris Knight and Neil Rowley; we wanted a way to give fellow enthusiasts, and new comers alike, the chance to taste new whiskies from a wide range of distillers from around the world, along with some fantastic offerings from independent bottlers.

There are 2 types of ticket, an Admission ticket and a Masterclass ticket. A Masterclass ticket MUST be accompanied by an Admission ticket.

With the increased popularity of gins over recent years, we also wanted to raise people’s awareness of the fantastic products now available. There will be a number of gins available at the festival, giving you a chance to try new gins from some of the many artisan distillers.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT

Location

King's Hall

Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH


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