Shelter - Words in the wind
by Jim Bond
Shelter – Words in the wind: is a raised steel structure with articulated fins which move in the breeze like reeds in the wind. Each flat hinged section is inscribed with the written memory of a visitor to the canal, describing a moment or feeling which they have experienced there. Each written memory pivots on the structure so that it can be turned to be read and also so that it will blow freely in the wind. They will all be attached by a bolt with a tamper proof head so that they can be swapped and changed as new memories are added and to replace any that may be damaged. In this way the whole sculptural structure is in constant change in the same way that the landscape around it is. The result is a an evolving library of ideas and thoughts which also provides shelter from the wind and creates a frame for the view The North Walsham canal site is a tranquil place which requires a sensitive approach. It has a place to find peace, to swim and to spend time with nature. It is with all this in mind that I have chosen to create a place for quiet contemplation. A structure to sit and think, a place to read and take shelter, or a place to practice yoga. As well as fulfilling all these roles the structure will take the form of a library containing the personal tales and memories of people who have spent time there.
Jim Bond is a sculptor specialising in dynamic kinetic structures and forms which express humorous intrigue and delicate sensitivity. His fascination with mechanisms and human anatomy has evolved into an exploration of anthropomorphic machines as creators of an unfolding narrative. From intricate responsive silver and copper devices to engineered, large scale wind powered installations these mechanised structures unfold to reveal wondrous illusions and hidden surprises. Working from his studio in Yorkshire he exhibits nationally and internationally most recently at The Morris Museum, USA, and he has created significant commissions for the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University and Lords Cricket Museum, London. His anthropomorphic illusionary portrait of Rosalind Franklin was commissioned by English Heritage for their ‘Immortalised’ exhibition and his work is in private collections in the UK, Canada, The US, South Korea, Dubai and New Zealand.