Brendan Walker (BF) I wanted to be a surgeon and was very interested in how the body works, but was told I wouldn’t get the grades so I looked around at other careers and I was particularly excited by engineering and aircraft. It wasn’t the aeroplanes themselves, it was what they did to people and in fact it was no surprise that when I was given the opportunity to either work for civil aviation or military aircraft I went for the ‘ride’ which is a single-seat ride. Looking back on it, I absolutely empathised with the aircraft pilot.
After I graduated, I worked for a year in aeronautical engineering, and became slightly bored with the idea that an aircraft takes 40 years to design and get off the ground. I wanted to see the rewards quicker and probably to see the reactions of people who were flying the things. So, I retrained in industrial design and started making large mechanical installations for museums and art galleries. I could see people’s responses to what I was creating and was especially interested in the responses from people.
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