Stretched sails on a sailboat, the branches and the leaves on a tree, a thin piece of paper that swirls in the air, the waves of the ocean, a hovering bird, your flowing hair.
The wind, the wind’s unpredictable nature and power can be read in almost everything that surrounds us. Wind is a phenomenon and a state, something we live in, are affected by and enfolded in. Why do we need a wind sculpture?
Maybe the flying kite is the most ultimate wind sculpture. An image of our lustful and playful relationship to the wind. Light, ephemeral, instantaneous. Runway for one’s own thinking and exploration. It also plays with our beliefs and our perception. It is a reflection, challenge, or contemplation – depending on how you want to see it.
Our play with wind is pleasurable and our domestication of the wind is usually successful. Now when we are putting our hopes on a new, renewable energy to the wind, the turbines become large and numerous. They take place, exploit the landscape in a new way and change the image and perception of the landscape, for us slightly older, in a threatening manner. For the younger they are a matter of course.
The large and numerous wind turbines are necessary in our time of transition to renewable energy sources. And the wind turbines are being developed constantly. Who knows what the future of wind energy will look like? Already today are there attempts to produce electricity in turbines that hang several thousand meters up in the atmosphere. They look completely different than those on the ground, more like the kites we are playing with in the wind.
The wind turbines of our time might only be clumsy attempts to catch the wind and just a transitional period in our constant quest for improvement. Nevertheless, our wind turbines represent the transformation from a heavy, dirty consumption of energy to a much more elegant capturing of the kinetic energy. Clean, volatile energy. From the combustion energy into kinetic energy. Clean, volatile energy. From the combustion energy into kinetic energy. From something primitive to something more advanced, sophisticated, civilized.
“In transition” reflects our desire to tame the wind and at the same time it is playing with our challenges. The wind turbines of today are obvious, distinct, rigid. This sculpture is soft, it gives an appearance of being almost liquid. A drop.
The sculpture points out the very change itself. Maybe from oil to renewable sources of energy. Maybe from the wind turbines of today until those of tomorrow. Maybe from the practical to the playful. From the necessary to the redundant. Or from the conventional to the experimental, from the ordinary to the magical. It is only there for its own sake and for us.
“In Transition” teases the impossible, the unknown.