Public Art Registry
Wind Swimmer
Photo: Ken Mayer
Wind Swimmer - photo by Ken Mayer
Cornwall Street at N. Foot of Yew
Kitsilano Pool
Upper deck
Gift
1996
Wood, steel, aluminum, lead, bronze
Sculpture
In place
City of Vancouver
Mary and Herb Auerbach
Description of work
This wind sculpture is a woman in a bathing suit who has articulated limbs that allow her to swim through the air. The speed of her movements is controlled by a propeller and the local wind currents at Kitsilano beach.
Artist statement
Wind Swimmer was inspired by the artist's meeting with an older man who swam regularly off Stanley Park. Taylor decided to build him a mate to swim along with him. The prototype was made in 1993 for the Artropolis exhibition and installed in Stanley Park, but it was smashed by a log. The Parks Board pursued a second opportunity and a donor was found (Mary and Herb Auerbach). The current Wind Swimmer was installed at Kits beach in 1996. The mechanism is specially engineered so that at winds of more than 55mph it turns sideways and slows down. (Guddrun Will, Vancouver Courier, May 19, 1996) Wind Swimmer was redesigned in 1999.
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