The “Janssen” family flower by Sonja van Kerkhoff in the Chateau Bethlehem moat.
14 May: Day 5 of Land Art Maastricht
We had to move everything out of the rain as quickly as possible. The fastest way to do this was to put everything into the boat and to tow it.
It became a performance:
Old man: Sen McGlinn
Driver: Guido Ancion
Camera: Sonja van Kerkhoff
Each ‘flower’ is a creation out of the plastic rubbish given to me. So the “Janssen” flower hails from the Janssen family trash. So far I have bred “Tama,” “Carmen,” “Carla,” “Denise,” and “Janssen” flowers from litter.
The potato eaters at Chateau Bethlehem, Willem Fermont (left) and Guido Ancion (right) prepare the ground for Willem’s installation “Einstein’s Jaarringen” (Einstein’s Growth Rings).
Site specific (Tree Slices) installation in progress by Guido Ancion at Land Art Maastricht, 12 May 2013
“Tama” a floating flower form made out of plastic donated by Tama McGlinn.
After the radio interview for “Timo à la Carte” (information online in Dutch) in the Maastricht ‘het landhuis’ an alternative space for cultural and ecological initiatives, I then set out the first ‘garbage’ flower, “Tama.” Each flower is named after the person whose plastic litter I use.
Sen and Sonja gave an presentation this afternoon and showed the video Transit in a green landscape. This was an intervention at the Tahora Folk Festival in Aotearoa | New Zealand. A transition of red across green incorporating five “Kaimanawa” horses. More about this happening is here or watch the 7 minute video on Youtube.
We weren’t able to do much more to our ‘arabesque dome’ (our working title) because of the rain and so Sonja got the iron out and started to iron the litter she’d collected. See Day three for more.
22 artists from seven countries came to work for 9 days to make site specific sculptures in the grounds of Chateau Bethlehem, which is currently used by as a campus for the Maastricht Hotel School.
See the website for a listing of the artists.
“Prayer Wheels” (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff for the “Velo-Signatuur” Leiden art bicycle route
Detail: “Prayer Wheels” (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff showing three of the prayers. Prayers from Christian, Baha’i, Buddhist, Islamic and Hindu traditions in Dutch, English, Greek or Māori can be read on the cloth ‘banners.’
Prayer Wheels – Gebeds twee-wieler by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff at Lammerschans, south of the inner city.
by Carmen and Sonja
Leiden art bicycle route
18 May – 9 June 2013
This bicycle needed new tyres and so inspired by the use of wood on bicycles during World War Two due to a shortage of rubber, we recycled short pieces of wood. These wooden blocks have two functions. They force you to ‘cycle’ slowly and they make a sound.
The cotton ‘sails’ inserted into the wheels and, bearing prayers from diverse religious traditions are written in various languages.
The clapping sounds made as the wheels turn sound like a cross between a horse trot and Tibetan prayer wheels. To use this bicycle, you walk with it, slowly, as a meditation, until the rhythm of tapping wood and slow spinning of prayers, takes you into another realm.
Soon a map will be available indicating where these 28 bicycles are located
around the inner city of Leiden. Meer over dit project>>