Evolution of the Wishcatcher
started making installations about four years ago. My idea was to make
sculptures on the ground and to allow the wind to play with them. Using very
light materials meant that the wind could blow the sculpture around and change
it over time.
At the Cervia kite festival in 2003 I had the chance to make a structure which evolved over ten days. I used a seven metre metal pole on the beach to make this structure. With the help of Kisa Sauer and others I made a 'roof' of white fleece trails suspended from this pole. I then invited other kitemakers to gradually add coloured fabric to this web of fleece. From underneath this looked and felt like a domed ceiling. Over the ten days the structure was blown around and changed by the wind. I weighted the fleece trails just enough to keep them on the ground but allowed them to be moved by the wind. Every morning as the sun rose I arrived to see what the wind had done over night and to make my own changes. After ten days the installation had developed into a real cooperation between the wind and the kitemakers.
After a few days I also made a kite sacrifice. I sacrificed a golden angel and also half destroyed an 'Above Us Only Sky' kite. The morning after the angel had disappeared and the other kite was ripped to shreds. I thought the angel had ascended to heaven, I don't know what happened to 'Above Us Only Sky'.
I continued making installations in
I made another Wishcatcher at the One Sky One World festival at Schloss Hof in
For Cervia 2006 I made a Wishcatcher outside the kite flying arena and next to the sea. The Italian people really took to the idea and on the first day there were 119 wishes. I really enjoyed hearing people laughing and joking as they read each others wishes and then sometimes thoughtfull and silent as they read more serious wishes. All this was happening as I silently continued making the Wishcatcher. I understood some of the wishes but realised that it is not important to me to read them all. They are not my wishes after all. The wishcatcher was there for seven days and I released 285 wishes over Cervia on a very windy Sunday. The day before was the 'night of the miracles' and as you can see the wind was really strong and eventually the sea came into the Wishcatcher and exstinguished the light and washed away the blue from the installation. The next day the tide line was strewn with this blue. I found this battering by wind and waves very moving. I left the web on the beach and some of the flotsam became part of Jan Houtermann's installation which he also left on the beach.