Friday, June 22, 2012

"Vortex" Votez - Vote

If you like "Vortex" you can vote for it on the Horizons Rencontres "Arts Nature" website, which has a new feature allowing you to do so.

Si vous voulez vous pouvez voter pour "Vortex" au site d'Horizons Rencontres "Arts Nature."  Ils ont crée cette fonctionnement cette année.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mont-Dore No. 10 the art opening

some highlights from
Horizons - Rencontres "Arts Nature"
opening day
14 June 2012
Nicolas MOMEIN 23 habitants/km² Pré de vaches Salers

Antoine MILIAN Origamis Tourbière de Gayme

 François TILLY DuplicatioPré de Lessard
don't be fooled : the purple duplicate church is 9 m high :)

Muriel MOREAU Le Sous-Bois Clairière Verdas

Pascal ZAGARI et Valentin MALARTRE  Roule ta boule Cascade de Voissière

Marion ORFILA Bascule Puy de Chateauneuf

David MARIN Second Life Couze pavin, proche Cotteuge

this one was my favorite
it was made from pencil shavings, if you can believe it

 Laurent GONGORA Cascadeurs_Cascade d'Anglard
this one was majestic

Mont-Dore No. 9 Photos

various photos of "Vortex" taken at the opening event on 14 June 2012
Horizons - Rencontres "Arts Nature"
Mont-Dore, Sancy, France

Installation in cord and wire
by eDline + Sean McGINNIS
15x 10 x 10 meters
15 June - 15 Sept. 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mont-Dore No. 8 the photos


Installation - Mont-Dore
eDline + Sean McGINNIS
for Horizons - Rencontres "Art Nature"

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Mont-Dore No. 7 - it's complete!!!

Spent today doing finishing work on the installation. We took vortex man off the structure and i did final touches on cord tautness and then cut off all the dangle bits that were extra. We then hung the red man back on the frame, lowering it a bit and tilting it forward. Hauled it up, only to see that there were three cords that were completely wrong with the new angle. It took us twice to get it right, which meant lowering the whole thing with the pulleys readjusting the cords, lifting it part way, to make sure that now cords were tangled with each other. It now weighs a ton, so hauling it back into place each time really took it out of me. I had to use my whole body to get it to move. Finally got it just right. We headed back up to the top of the falls and tied-off the ropes so that they couldn't move any more. Then back down to tie all of the attachments permanently. No more need for pulleys. We finished at 18h. Took photos and I hopped on the 19h30 train back to Paris. It's done! I'm too tired to even appreciate the fact, but know deep inside that it's a good piece. Will need tome now to get over all the hard work and concentrated effort in order to see it for what it really is. The art opening is next Thursday, which will be a good time to see it again with fresh eyes. Sorry, no photos tonight. I'm on my ipad without access to cameras. Promise to put them on line tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who has been do ethusiastic and supportive.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Mont-Dore No. 6 Vortex Man installed

torso, two arms and thighs + eDline in the middle of all of it

 Friday Evening

Another BIG day ! 

eDline finished the head this morning.  While she was painting it, Juliane and I took the parts up to the site in the car.  As we were going back to pick-up eDline and the finished torso/head, here she came carrying it on her back : ).  So we went up and assembled all the various parts and suspended them from the frame.  That took several hours until 19h30.  We took a short eat break at the house and then went back and I started finishing the cords, adjusting the final tension and cutting the dangling ends, which cleaned-up the overall effect and clarified all the various parts.

Photos from today :

body parts

torso attached to frame
eDline with torso and one arm


 camera 2 :

camera 3 :

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mont-Dore No. 5 Cords are installed

Thursday evening,

Busy buy busy… Yesterday, I painted more of Vortex man red, until eDline arrived with her daughter in the beginning of the afternoon.  I then drove to the Roger Quilliot Art Museum in Clarmont-Ferrand, where I installed a maquette of the sculpture for their exhibit on Horizons.  They had the good idea to do an exhibit on the preparations for the exhibit.  It includes preparatory sketches and models of the various projects, showing their evolution and how the ideas progressed from the first inspiration to the final presentation.

Vortex Man maquette at the Roger Quilliot Art Museum (shot from below)

I finished about 18h, and traffic was so bad, that I drove to the old town and walked around for an hour, until the circulation calmed down and then I drove back to Mont-Dore.  The ladies spent the afternoon finishing the painting on all but the torso.

Today, we went to the site and resinstalled the main cord, with a larger one.  The first one made me worry that it wasn’t strong enough.  After a couple of attempts throwing the new line over the edge, it actually reached the bottom.  We then attached it to the sculpture and took off the old line.  That took us to lunch time, so we went back to the house. 

eDline spent the afternoon painting the torso and I went back up to the site and installed the rest of the cords, despite the fact that a HUGE storm passed through the valley at the end of the day.  I was able to work without much problem until about 17h, and then had to wait in the car for an hour, while in poured down rain and hailed a bit, and then even though it rained, I put on my raincoat and went back to finish the tension of the cords.  I’m VERY happy with the results.

view from inside the car as it started to rain

view from inside the car when it was pouring down rain

Vortex Man with rainbow colored cords completely installed

eDline is working on the head tonight and tomorrow we will attach the body of red man to the frame.  This will probably change the balance, so I have to readjust the cords again.  Once that is done, we can do the final touches and then transform all of the attachments with pulleys into permanent attachments that can last the three months of the exhibit.  Inchalla.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mont-Dore No. 4 - It's starting to look like something

Times flies…

Tuesday evening.

Spent a very rainy Sunday and Monday cutting the six colors of cord into one meter lengths and then knotting them together into 6 meter lengths.  I made 40 of these composite cords, each with 5 knots… plus I also did 40 with 50 centimeter lengths of each color (for the center support line).  Which makes for a total of 800 knots.  My hands fingers are blistered.

bobins and 1 meter sections of cord

cool kitsch teapot at the apartment and some local wild flowers

 I also painted more of the giant man red.  His two arms are now all painted.  Plus I painted the mini-vortex man who will be part of the maquette that I will install tomorrow in the Musée d’art Roger Quilliot in Clermont-Ferrand. 

eDline headed back to Montpelier in the car late afternoon on Sunday after joining together all the parts of the hips and thighs of giant man.  There are just six parts now : torso, two arms, two calves + feet and the hips/thighs.  She'll be back tomorrow.

calf and foot reunited

two arms sharing a bed

Once it is all painted it will be the last thing added to the installation after the suspension cords are in place.  I started doing that today and will probably finish on Thursday.  After all the time it takes to get the structure in place, this part seems to go pretty quickly.  The only thing that might slow us down is that rain in planned for Thursday.  Will probably have to go out and work in the rain, otherwise we will get behind.

At 2pm this afternoon I was interviewed by Radio France Auvergne.  The interview will be broadcast on Saturday 16 June.  It was fun.  

start of the day - doesn't look like much

Spent the day adding the rainbow cords to the installation.  One line goes down along the back and two others go along the sides and make wing-like shapes on either side.  In the photos you can see the armature that I connect my strings to.  Vortex man will be attached to this structure from underneath.