The Didcot Interpretation
26” x 20” (66 x 51cm) / Acrylic on gessoed panel /£3750
I often wonder why I’m drawn to railways. One explanation is they were the playgrounds of my youth, places of freedom, adventure, larking about. Am I still larking about? Probably. Maybe my interest stems from the fact that, if you wait long enough near a railway a train will probably come along. That got me thinking about probability. I remember once trying to read a book on the subject. It explained the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics. I was about a page and a half in when it struck me the topic was perhaps not for the Master of 27 Gorwell, Watlington, Oxon. I wish I’d stuck with it. The book had a noble cast of scientists: Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin ‘Magic Cat’ Schrödinger. The book came back to me when I titled this picture, which is based on a scene at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. Hence the pretentious title, ‘The Didcot Interpretation’. At Didcot there is no probabiiity. If you hang around long enough, trains do come along.
...Marshall McLuhan, what are you doin'?...
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