Shackleton's Endurance

I've always had a deep fascination with polar exploration, so it was a particular thrill to recreate Shackleton's Endurance for my exhibition at the Centre for Life. This scene is based on a famous photograph by the exhibition photographer Frank Hurley, taken at night with the ship covered in ice and frost (hence the all-white model). 

The ship is stuck in pack ice off the coast of Antarctica in 1915. It would not be released, and was eventually crushed and sank. The story of the survival and eventual rescue of all expedition members is one of the most remarkable in exploration.

The model measures 180cm long and uses nearly 10,000 pieces. String is used for the ropes.