DIARY: DFGW's Dave Waters leads an invasion of the body snatchers

When Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters's creative director, Dave Waters, got involved in the creation of several pieces for the Millennium Dome's Body Zone, little did he think he'd be queuing up to buy them back with the purpose of decorating the agency's reception.

Waters was behind the perspex-surrounded bodyparts which were graphic enough to make Damien Hirst lunge for the sickbag. They showed skeleton and nervous systems in glorious technicolour.

The work cost pounds 40,000 to produce, including the materials, the time and, ahem, the numerous essential meetings down the pub to discuss the finer points of polymer adhesion. So it's not hard to see the allure of putting the work into reception for visitors to admire while waiting to be summoned to the inner sanctum.

In true international art magnate-style, Waters sent IT manager Rodney Hackney to the sales with the company cheque-book and instructions to bid to the death, if necessary, to make sure the art was preserved forever - well, in that new hallway at least.

But there was no need to panic - in fact, Hackney could've probably bought the lot with Diary's Christmas bonus. Lot number one, an attractive musculature structure, complete with chopped-off feet, went for a staggering pounds 250 to a triumphant Hackney - a giveaway according to the auctioneer.

Lot number two, a Hannibal Lecter-style mixed grill of heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and eyeballs, was snapped up by Hackney for pounds 1,800.

The delight was somewhat thwarted by the fact that Hackney had been bidding against none other than Waters's creative sidekick on the project, Bob Hinks of Asylum, the company which built the entire Body Zone. Apparently, he was after them 'for the parts' rather than making them into coffee tables and benches. Nice one, Rodders.





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