Video - Twist 1.5 – Decoding ART – Heritage Monuments


Transcript of Twist 1.5

[Canadian Heritage signature]

Narrator: "This capsule is presented by Canadian Heritage."

[The sculpture Twist 1.5]

Narrator: "Twist 1.5 is described by its sculptors as a “wooden, spiral, wind-vane thing.”

Made of British Columbia Douglas fir secured to a steel frame, the sculptors chose this shape to echo the spirals commonly found in nature.

This sculpture was commissioned specifically as a public art piece for Major’s Hill Park.

It’s public art with a…well, with a ….twist!”

[The two sculptors working on the artwork]

Narrator: "Instead of working in a studio, artists Alex Wyse of Ontario and Ken Guild of Nova Scotia created Twist 1.5 while they were outside, on the grounds of the park itself.”

[Various shots of the sculpture]

Narrator: "During five weeks in the summer of 1978, Wyse and Guild worked outdoors, where visitors and residents could see the creative process and watch the work of art take shape.

Twist 1.5 was one of three public art pieces commissioned that year to be built outdoors in urban parks.

The public enjoyed the opportunity to see artists at work… and to learn more about their process.

At times, as many as 25 people gathered around Wyse and Guild as they worked, asking questions and offering comments.

Some people, commuters on their way to work, made a point of coming by every day to see how the artists’ creation progressed.

The artists described the method of making art outdoors—and publicly—as “an unexpectedly rewarding experience”.”

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