A Lucky Winner of Nose Hair!

Erin Johnston and her brother with their prize
Erin Johnston and her brother with their prize

Mr Watt, the Grumpy Man of Metal was exhibited at Hove Museum for most of 2011.  Mr Watt and his strange inventions are the work of artist-craftsman Jon Mills who has laid out Mr Watt’s disastrous exploits in a series of short books.

Mr Watt also kindly donated some items to the museum and these were exhibited in the different galleries.  There was, however, one item that the museum did not wish to keep – a sculpture made of Mr Watt’s nose hair.  A competition was therefore run in order to give away this strange item as the prize.

The nose hair sculpture is in fact more of the work of Jon Mills (done in metal, not nose hair) and on 25 October, Jon pulled the winning slip of paper out of a bucket.

Jon Mills, creator of Mr Watt, pulls the winning prize entry from his bucket
Jon Mills, creator of Mr Watt, pulls the winning prize entry from his bucket

The winner, 6 year old Hove resident Erin Johnston, arrived at Hove Museum with her family on 21 November to receive her prize from Jon Mills and from cabinet member Geoffrey Bowden.

Prize winner Erin with Jon Mills and Councillor Geoffrey Bowden
Prize winner Erin with Jon Mills and Councillor Geoffrey Bowden

When asked where they would display their new piece the Johnston family said ‘in the dining room’.  In the dining room? Are you sure Johnstons? Aren’t you worried about putting people off their food?

Mr Watt would be proud of you.

Julia Basnett
Museums Learning Manager

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