The sculptures at Gearing’s Point that form part of this annual FynArts outdoor exhibition have to withstand fierce weather conditions over many months. Extra steps are therefore taken during installation to ensure they endure.
For example, the base of ‘Freedom Tree’ by artist Karin Lijnes (at the far end of the Gearing’s Point parking area) was sunk into the ground and weighted by 900 kg of concrete. Although it was designed to withstand up to 110 km/h winds, the 1,5 m stainless steel cables were cut by the wind speed and friction within 24 hours and had to be reinstalled with even hardier cables and connectors.
Over the past few months, however, the fierce winds on the cliff top have again proved too strong for the wire supports and one of the birds hanging from the mobile fell off recently. FynArts Festival Director Mary Faure is asking anyone who might have seen the missing bird or picked it up, to please contact her on 084 600 7958. All the birds, the front of which depict bird-like forms in ceramic while the steel backs create a flat silhouette with a red X, have now been removed for repair.
The red X refers to the Red Data Book of Birds and the distinction between the two different sides of the birds creates a gap or pause meant to draw attention to the disconnect between humans and nature. Through the motion of the wind and continuous rotation individually as well as around the main axis, the birds are moving between the two states of invisibility and visibility, presence and absence.
“We are hoping to have the beautiful mobile up again within the next few weeks,” says Mary.