Inch by inch, row by row. Interstitial: Between Earth and Sky is coming to life. It’s like watching a garden grow, ever so slowly. Though it seems more like a dream than anything. The lift is a magic carpet ride, beauty rising up from below. Pinch, pinch, I feel so lucky!
Before I arrived, the chief preparator, Stoney Smith, readied the overhead grid. It was a thankless task, stringing white mason’s twine into parallel rows between the skylight beams. It meant I could get started straight away to suspend my hot glue strands. He also jerry-rigged (love the word) a nifty jig so the strands can be hoisted in batches without tangling.
Our daily routine: Stoney and assistant preparator Conor Mullan unwrap the strands, one by one, at ground level and arrange them on the lift, so that I can fetch them easily. Not having to unwrap atop the lift eliminates the hassle of tangling strands. Stoney’s six-foot frame comes in handy, too, when my tippy toes aren’t high enough to reach the wires at the top of the slope.
It is broiling hot working under the skylight glazing—eeeeeeeek! Lessons learned: wear hat, sunscreen, sunglasses. Drink water. Enough said.
Conor took a bunch of pictures of this week’s action.
Interstitial—Installation Pix, a set on Flickr.