Conceived by artist Nayan Kulkarni, Blade has been created for Look Up, a programme of temporary artworks created for the city’s public spaces and places.
It uses one of the first B75 rotor blades made in Hull and changes its status to that of a readymade artwork. At 75 metres it is the world’s largest, handmade fibreglass component – cast as a single element.
Nayan Kulkarni said: “Blade seeks to transform Hull’s streetscape through the imposition of a single wind turbine blade. As with J.G.Ballard’s fictional ‘The Drowned Giant’ or Richard Serra’s ‘Tilted Arc’ this will be a profound material gesture, a spectacle, an obstacle and an object of wonder. This readymade artwork, 75 metres long, will divide the square, forming a temporary impediment to a free flow. Carefully positioned, it will force us to drift around its arabesque edges, our sight taking the place of the breeze. The twisting wing, although inert and at rest in the street, speaks of movement, but not of freedom.”
Blade is the first in a series of major art commissions that will be installed in public spaces around Hull as part of Look Up, a year-long programme for Hull 2017 that will see different artists creating temporary artworks designed to make people look at and experience the city in new ways.
(Originally post at https://www.hull2017.co.uk/whatson/events/blade/)