Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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May the Winds Not Carry Us Out to Sea
by Brydee Rood
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Title:
May the Winds Not Carry Us Out to Sea

Author:
Brydee Rood

Description:
A gigantic windsock sculpture: workshopped with festival visitors and finding the wind as a vehicle of expression between human hands, plastic waste and the sea. This work physically and socially connects the material impacts to the dialogue of plastic pollution in the ocean and the act of flailing precariously and urgently towards preserving the Earth’s vital oceans; critically engaging with mankind's relationship to climate change and alarmingly polluted ocean habitats. May the Winds Not Carry Us Out to Sea will be created through collective actions; using collaged sections from assorted single use plastic trash bags including; yellow biohazard waste bags, Californian orange jumbo sacks, titanium glutton sized trash bags from the USA, common blue Berlin garbage bags, pink Auckland Metrowaste bags, pink charity collection sacks, green Wellington council rubbish bags and more. The various bags come from my personal collection and could be added to by the local community. The piece will measure four to five times airport scale, proportioned windsock sculpture to be exhibited, erected and flown at a suitable site, it could be tested in a large public gallery, foyer space with multiple fans and/or wind machine set up in collaboration with a local scientist/meteorologist/wind physicist/expert as it will be important to gauge the desired wind speed to billow and inflate the sculptural form of the Windsock, striking a crucial balance between plastic and weather. Once tested the piece could also be taken outdoors in the right conditions as influenced by local weather and climate to a designated site for a site-specific installation and communal performative action. The movement of human bodies supporting this large scale flaccid burden of plastic waste material becomes a chaotic dance in the weather and could be a failure! Technically the Windsock will be quilted together in sections with clear wide packaging tape building the larger collaged shape. Any leftover plastic material could potentially be reused to make a number of personal smaller scale windsocks forming additional pieces in the ephemeral installation and group performance activation, recycled properly and/or shared into another project. Please Note: 5x airport scale = 18.25m Long x 4.5m Diameter Mouth x 1.25m Diameter Tail.
Description:
A gigantic windsock sculpture: workshopped with festival visitors and finding the wind as a vehicle of expression between human hands, plastic waste and the sea. This work physically and socially connects the material impacts to the dialogue of plastic pollution in the ocean and the act of flailing precariously and urgently towards preserving the Earth’s vital oceans; critically engaging with mankind's relationship to climate change and alarmingly polluted ocean habitats. May the Winds Not Carry Us Out to Sea will be created through collective actions; using collaged sections from assorted single use plastic trash bags including; yellow biohazard waste bags, Californian orange jumbo sacks, titanium glutton sized trash bags from the USA, common blue Berlin garbage bags, pink Auckland Metrowaste bags, pink charity collection sacks, green Wellington council rubbish bags and more. The various bags come from my personal collection and could be added to by the local community. The piece will measure four to five times airport scale, proportioned windsock sculpture to be exhibited, erected and flown at a suitable site, it could be tested in a large public gallery, foyer space with multiple fans and/or wind machine set up in collaboration with a local scientist/meteorologist/wind physicist/expert as it will be important to gauge the desired wind speed to billow and inflate the sculptural form of the Windsock, striking a crucial balance between plastic and weather. Once tested the piece could also be taken outdoors in the right conditions as influenced by local weather and climate to a designated site for a site-specific installation and communal performative action. The movement of human bodies supporting this large scale flaccid burden of plastic waste material becomes a chaotic dance in the weather and could be a failure! Technically the Windsock will be quilted together in sections with clear wide packaging tape building the larger collaged shape. Any leftover plastic material could potentially be reused to make a number of personal smaller scale windsocks forming additional pieces in the ephemeral installation and group performance activation, recycled properly and/or shared into another project. Please Note: 5x airport scale = 18.25m Long x 4.5m Diameter Mouth x 1.25m Diameter Tail.
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