A bust of Daniel Gooch was unveiled at Arkell’s Brewery on 24 August, along with ‘Golden Gooch,’ a new beer brewed in honour of the unsung hero of Swindon’s history.
Created by Fatima Alves, A’ level graphic design and illustration student at New College, the project has been sponsored by Thamesdown Transport. Peter Oliver of the bus company is pictured with Swindon175 project coordinator Caroline Black.
From photographs taken of the bust in Steam Museum, Fatima used college equipment to design and cut 113 slices of marine plywood to create a 3D model. The bust was scanned into a mobile phone app that pictures the original marble sculpture and takes it’s proportions so they can be read by another program within a 3D printer at Swindon’s New College. The plywood was then coated with three layers of yacht
She volunteered to take on the challenge in addition to her other coursework. It was also the first time Fatima had used computer aid design and manufacturing technologies.
Caroline Black said: “Fatima’s work is a striking example of student talent. The GWR was noted for its leading edge technology and the skills of its worker; I’m sure Daniel Gooch and all who worked in The Works would have approved.”
The bust will be touring premises around the town to be viewed by as many people as possible.
Daniel Gooch: Life and Legacy
A special Swindon 175 exhibition at Steam Museum marks 200 years since the birth of Sir Daniel Gooch, the GWR’s first Locomotive Superintendent.
In 1840, he wrote a letter to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, outlining why he thought Swindon was the ideal place to base the Great Western Railway’s engine repair facility. A year later, GWR directors gave the go-ahead for what became the world famous Swindon Works.
Explore the fascinating life and work of this remarkable engineer through objects, documents and photographs. Entry to the exhibition is free with standard Steam admission tickets.