VIDEO & 360 PHOTO: Pete McKee builds seaside town and council estate to host his biggest art exhibition
Yorkshire artist Pete McKee has built a replica seaside town and recreated the estate where he grew up - to host a two day display of his latest nostalgia paintings.
His 6 Weeks to Eternity exhibition - this weekend only - is a celebration of the school summer holidays as life was in the 1970s.
It even features a full size helter skelter, which visitors can have a go on - £1 a ride - there's a fortune teller, plus a family caravan and deckchairs.
There's also summer holiday photo memories submitted by 500 people, who sent him their pictures after a call out on social media.
360 PHOTO: Take a look around the exhibition as Sheffield artist Pete McKee looks on at the seaside town he's created complete with a helter skelter - CLICK HEREThe other half of the exhibition - at the Magna Science Museum in Rotherham, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 - includes a mock up of the street where he grew up, including his former family sitting room, showing intros of old TV shows like Worzel Gummidge, Little House On The Prairie and The Pink Panther Show.
In the street outside there's a some Chopper bikes where kids are playing Evel Knievel, with a makeshift ramp to jump over two boys lying down
He's also recreated his boyhood bedroom, complete with Debbie Harry and Bowie posters on the wall, with him fast asleep as the afternoon sun breaks through his curtains on the Batemoor estate where he grew up, in Sheffield.
360 PHOTO: Have a 360 degree look at the council estate he's created to hang his paintings in the retro street - CLICK HEREBut all this is just window dressing for the real stars of the show - his 30 nostalgia paintings, snapshots of his past and the biggest display he's ever undertaken.
The free, two-day interactive show, aims to recreate people’s childhood memories of the six week school holidays.
Pete said: “As the school bell rang out for the final time of the year, we filed out of school, blinking into the bright sunshine and the dawn of the promised land.
"A whole six weeks of doing everything and nothing. We were about to be cast off from the shackles of authority and parental guidance and sent onto the streets. We were to be feral for the summer.
“Six weeks to eternity will be the story of those lost weeks. How we survived, how we enjoyed, how we endured and how we suffered the inevitable boredom of six whole weeks off school. This is the story of the six weeks’ holiday.
"We've transformed Magna into a holiday destination like no other and hope as many people as possible will come on holiday and experience these memories with me.”
Free shuttle bus transportation to and from the event will be running from platform B2 at Meadowhall Interchange and the Magna bus stop on Sheffield Road, on both days of the exhibition. It will be open from 10am – 6pm both days and entry is free, all ages welcome.
For further information visit www.6weeks.co.uk