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Photos from SandSongs Project

On June 18th I will be participating in the SandSongs festival at the Zandmotor. I will be presenting a development of my piece in December, a 30 part installation of wind sculptures on the Zandmotor.

Here are some photographs of my piece as it is now.

Snapshot 1 (01-06-2016 19-49) Snapshot 2 (01-06-2016 19-50) Snapshot 3 (01-06-2016 19-51)


Experiences from The Zandmotor


I can feel a storm rolling in. The wind is blowing the waves flat and grey, like sheet metal. It’s picking up, the wind has a real bite to it now, truly warning us of what is about to come.

I sit here on a sandy cliff overlooking the sea, knowing my homeland lies just beyond it. The colours of the sea range from the cool grey of my eyes, through a molten brown until just before the horizon sits a strip of teal; so unexpected in this seemingly barren landscape.



I move through the beach, feeling. My feet bare.

They feel the texture, the temperature, the saturation, the grain. As I walk from hard sand to soft sand my calves work hard, my feet spread as they try to find a balance, a hold.

I move and am moved by the landscape. The wind pushes me. The waves pull me. The sand persuades me. By the changing textures I prefer smoother ground. By the changing gradient I prefer flatter ground.

The wind blows the sand onto my ankles; biting, snapping. Yet it is not painful. Simply a new sensation.

The shells beneath my sensitive feet are sharp blades. Yet they are not painful. Simply a new sensation.

The water runs over my toes, under my arches, around my heel. It is cold. But it invites me to join its rhythm. After a time the fresh hits of the waves feel like home, as familiar as my own heartbeat.

Looking Back on Semester 1


After the first meeting of Elements Lab 2016, we looked back on our progress and how we aim to move forward.

I felt I should post some photographs taken throughout the first semester, to remind myself of some of the features, the changing landscape and the wildly different weather conditions found on the Zandmotor.

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For me, the most dominant feature is the horizon and the strong horizontal lines of this landscape. The vastness present in many of these photographs remind me of Romantic Era paintings aiming to show the power of nature in comparison to humanity. They feature vast, turbulent skies, and the horizon line is generally very low with small people or trees for scale.


Like in this example ‘Cloud Study 2’ by John Constable (1821).

Sound of the Wind Sculpture

An unexpected addition to the sculpture was the sound it made as it turned.

Because the arms were slightly off balance, the outer tube scraped against the inner pole. This created a haunting and eerie sound of metal on metal.

Due to the conductive resonance of the metal, the vibrations passed along the arms of the sculpture and were magnified by the bowls on either end. It had the resultant effect of the sound emanating from the bowls as they turned, projecting the sound outwards in different directions.

This unanticipated phenomenon provides a very interesting path to explore; to create a kinetic sculpture so that it produces sound.

Wind and Sound Sculpture

Thanks to the excessive wind and storms we experienced in November I started researching examples of wind sculptures.



This acoustic Sculpture ‘Aeolus Pavilion’ has been placed at various locations throughout the world. Wind blows through the pipes and resonates within the arch.


‘Sound Architecture 6’ by Ronald van der Meijs is a series of bells atop metals rods that sway in the wind and interact with one another. Their curved formation and natural shape make them seem as if they’re part of the landscape.

I think it would be really interesting to look further into this.