Kirsti Taiviola: Kehrä (Spindle)

Installation, 2021

Kehrä (Spindle) begun from a wish to witness the period after the winter solstice when the days gradually become brighter. For six months beginning from 21.12.2017 to 21.6.2018 I got up every morning to capture the sunrise and to write down a brief description of my perception of the moment. For me, the project was a way to observe the colours of the sky, light, the weather, and the essence of a fleeting moment. I translated my notes into work instructions for glass objects which were to be coloured with glass powder colours added by trailing in layers. The mould-blown glass parts were then made in collaboration with the students of Tavastia Vocational College’s Glass School in Nuutajärvi, Finland. Each glass part is illuminated from within with LED-lights. 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
183 hand blown glass objects, a pedestal, leds.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
Circa 11m x 1,4m x 11m

Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
Pedestal structure (e.g., pallets covered with plywood sheets etc.).

Minimum height of the space:

Minimum square meters of the space:

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Dark or dimly lit space.

Building time and people required (estimate):
Circa 3 days, 3 persons.

Artist's presence:
Artist or their representative must be present during building.

Seen before at:
Empiria; The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, 2021


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