Pullen, James Henry
Type of Spiritual Experience
Pullen's masterpiece is a model ship, a replica of The Great Eastern, that he spent seven years building; Pullen made all the details, including 5,585 rivets, 13 lifeboats and interior furniture in miniature, himself. In its maiden voyage the model ship sank for lack of buoyancy but Pullen repaired that flaw later. The model was exhibited in the Crystal Palace.
Pullen also built a large mannequin in the middle of his workshop; he would sit inside it, manipulate its appendages and talk through a concealed bugle in its mouth.
A description of the experience
The link is a lovely one to photos taken by children of Pullen's work in the Langdon Down museum