Week 2 started with a positive feedback and urge to get something “Hull 2017” in the blog each week.
Week 2 started with The Blade. Art installation as part of the Look Up, a programme of temporary artworks created for the city’s public spaces and places.
The artist Nayan Kulkarni took the very first wind turbine blade made in the newly built Siemens factory in Hull and installed it in Queen Victoria Square. He took it out of context and turned it into an abstract object that we feel empowered by.
And it actually does make you feel small. The need to touch it is so strong, you can’t help it.
Anyway, throughout the week I was thinking about the blade, and on Saturday I visited the “monster”.
I don’t think that any of the photos I took does justice to the installation. So many people wanting to be part of the experience is certainly something that I need to avoid.
In the week three I am planning to get there bright and early on a weekday and possibly try to get 4 feet above ground to capture the blade fully [might start to fly].
I actually did not realise that I am part of Hull 2017 this year, because I have two artworks/photographs in the exhibition this year.
The last stop was Hull Maritime Museum and BOWHEAD installation.
I am not a big fan of museums and to my disappointment we missed the last show of the day, so to my unfortunate luck, I had a little stroll around the museum. Again, I was very much interested in things that people are not seeing [like a “bumhole” as part of the whale hunting display or something].
The museum is great, it is worth having a look, it’s just that I am not very “history appreciative”.
I know that not every week will be full of stunning photos, unforgettable visits, but getting involved, or even thinking about and planning to be part of the Hull 2017, is healthy and we shall all embrace it.
If I can’t soak up any culture myself, I will take photographs of people who do, or volunteers.
See you next week, Hull.