Living by the seaside I have become very impressed with seagulls. They were on my mind for the Bird Automata Test Track work, partly because Marey studied gulls. They fly (mostly glide) very elegantly. My Herring Gull skeleton is also very beautiful but has been mounted with it legs in a strange position – maybe as if to take off – while the gulls around here all have their legs perpendicular to their torso (so the legs would drop straight down from the knee joint behind the wing. The skeleton is to provide dimensional information in case I get round to making a full sized bird automaton.
Part of one of the new drawings at an early stage.
I had an e-mail the other day from Tom Rivard, one of the organisers of the excellent Urban Islands Workshops that I participated in a couple of years ago, telling me about the most recent edition. They are held on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, a stunning location, that used to house a shipyard and other institutions. Now the island is a recreational destination and provides camping facilities, shown here. So as not to wear out the grass they rotate the tents and so establish a biophotographic plate where the variation in photosynthetic exposure imprints ever decaying impressions of different shades of green.
A similar leg to the one in the last post, before drawing began
I have not posted any new work for a while. With Perry Kulper I have been working on some new things for our Pamphlet Architecture No. 34 and don’t want to post the work before that is published, but here is a view of one of the Instrument Eight legs after a drawing session.
The models from the previous pos when in rude health…
The Institute for Paradoxical Shadows took a bit of a hit in our return across the Atlantic. The buckling of the frames is quite pleasing, though, a little like the photographs of twisted electricity pylons after ice storms.