VIEW FINDER

Hannah Andrews

"I developed the concept of a wooden viewing sculpture in response to Durlston Country Park. The sculpture would be created in order for the viewer to see various beauty points across the coast, these could be seen through the wooden viewing tube on the front of the sculpture. The viewer could alter the direction and therefore the view, by turning the head of the sculpture,  this was enabled by a mobile axis. Many types of viewing apparatus inspired this sculpture including Yoko Ono’s A Hole to See the Sky Through (1971). This piece was a part of a series of cards with holes that provided a frame with a specific viewing hole, much like a view finder used to decide on compositions within life drawing. By providing limitations on sight in this way, the viewer must look at what is being shown only through the allowed hole. This may give the view that is seen a new- found importance as it is being singled out from all other visual information, this was an intention for my own viewing device.  Due to the coastal nature of the site I began thinking about the ways we look from and at, the coast. This included lighthouses, in this context, observation is of the upmost importance to maneuver ships to safety but it also provides a perfect example of an unusual viewpoint due to the height of the structure.

 

The sculpture has a strong connection to the Durlston Country Park as it has been designed specifically for the site and its points of natural beauty. The mobility and size of the viewing tube would be made to the requirements of the locations of such points. The logs used to construct the structure were to be sourced from the park itself,  this use of local materials would ensure that the sculpture did not distract from the environment but helped to enhance the ways in which the audience engaged with it."

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