Il-Warda Tar-Riħ (The Wind–Rose Project) was a multiple site research linking four geographical points around the islands of Malta and Gozo.
These compass points became the focus for community activities, story gathering, workshops and creative events, acknowledging the historical, mythological and living presence of the winds and their importance in Mediterranean culture. Following discussion and design sessions with four local communities, artists with the rubberbodies collective (RBC) presented their findings in sculptural form. The four kinetic sculptures touch on a time-old connection to the elements and natural rhythms.
From ringing church bells to soothe violent gales, and predicting seasonal migrations of birds to the island, to using cats to read the winds and scatter seeds.
The Wind–Rose Project delves into the customs and beliefs that have functioned over the years in communities across the islands.
credits Core Artistic Team The Rubberbodies Collective (Jimmy Grima, Martina Buhagiar, Katarina Pejovic, Adrian Abela, Matthew Pandolfino, Lino Psaila, Hector Barbara, Ġorġ ix-Xemx, David Apap Agius, Mario Vassallo, Twanny Vassallo, Anthony Chircop, Leli Camilleri, u Jesmond Muscat) Architectural Advisor Adrian Mamo Project Manager Nicole Blackman in collaboration with Sliema Local Council, Mġarr Local Council, Għarb Local Council and Marsaxlokk Local Council. Funded by Valletta 2018 Foundation
Launch events of public sculptures
Exiles Beach, Sliema.(2016)
Xatt is-Sajjieda, Marsaxlokk (2017)
Fomm ir-Riħ, Mġarr (2017)
San Dimitri, Għarb (2017)
Public exhibition and publication
Il-Pinnuri (The Windvanes) (2016)
personal note In the case of the ‘winds ’ I created a skeletal framework for a group of artists and members of four rural communities to come together commissioned by the European Capital for Culture. Starting off with documenting the communities knowledge of the winds and then facilitating ongoing conversations between the artists and the non-artists (farmers, fishermen) to reinterpret this knowledge together to finally come up with the sculptural outcomes.
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