The Wind Nomads are a collection of 400 paintings presented on counterbalanced hinged-pairs of wooden boards that resemble giant butterflies.
It was organised by the Dutch arts organisation SLeM (Stichting Landschapstheater en Meer).
They involved almost 400 artists from 30 countries around the world to create the paintings that were then mounted on the fluttering boards by a team from SLeM. The curator was Bruno Doedens, who has said that he is keen to expand this project worldwide.
Each individual painting is rectangular in shape, measuring 135 x 76 cm with an asymmetric split running along the entire width under a slight angle, at a height of approximately 70 cm, like an opened book. Hinges and an ingenious construction allow it to move in the wind.
It took many experiments to obtain a hinge and counterbalance system that would react to gentle gusts of wind without being blown into the next field when the the wind blew harder.
Wind Nomads was first exhibited in 2009 on flat sandy beaches on the coast of The Netherlands and subsequently travelled to the USA in order to be be exhibited on Governor's Island, in New York to celebrate Manhattan’s 400 year anniversary, as part of the New Amsterdam Festival.
There are videos and a VR
on the SleM website
. There is also a full catalogue
of the paintings, each with a link to the artists websites.
On their return to The Netherlands the Wind Nomads were exhibited at Floriade 2012. They were planted in a field between the pavilions for "House of Flavours"
and "Tropical Treasures"
Prints from The Netherlands
are available from my print-on-demand service.
I have also made this and other Photographs of Floriade