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Ampilifying The Real

Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection; Gray's School of Art Design Collection
Object Type: Graphic Design: Book
Artist/Maker: Veera, Ben
Place Made: United Kingdom: Aberdeenshire, Gray's School of Art
Date: 2010
Media/Materials: ink and paper
Dimensions: overall: 25 cm x 21 cm
Awards: RGU Product Design Purchase Award


A self-published book entitled "Amplifying the Real" written by Ben Veera and printed by to accompany ABDRG2010.507 Degree Show Purchase Prize 2010

Towards the end of 1987, RGU was consumed by the news of a shark swimming in the River Dee. The shark was believed to be dangerous and was thus speedily captured by the SSPCA, who thought it kinder to put the shark to sleep. Its body was donated to various departments throughout RGU for research.

Nothing of the shark was thought to have been wasted and even the meat was served in assorted stews and broths in the canteens during the so-called "shark week". These revolutionary recipes launched Aberdeen as the pinnacle of an emerging shark meat haute cuisine trend, one that was particularly enjoyed by the wealthy oil barons. This in turn put RGU on the map and it became renowned for its hospitality courses.

Ben Veera, an artist from Gray's School of Art, was commissioned to make a piece of work to commemorate the animal. By focusing on the shark's teeth, Veera acknowledged the importance of the shark cuisine trend to RGU as well as the shark itself.

This event was creatively documented. If you would like to know more information please (don't) check the Library Archives.
Object Number: ABDRG2010.507.1

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