On 24 May 2014 around 100 multi-coloured windmills will be installed on Margate Sands and throughout the town as part of Carlos Cortes’s spectacular project Moving with the Wind.
Inspired by Turner Contemporary’s summer exhibition Mondrian and Colour (24 May-21 September), Moving with the Wind is the visual centrepiece for Turner Contemporary’s unique community festival Summer of Colour, which will see Margate and Thanet transformed through an explosion of dance, performance, theatre, art, craft and activity across from 24 May until 21 September 2014.
These 3 to 5 metre high windmills were individually designed and constructed through a series of creative open workshops, which began at Turner Contemporary in February 2014, engaging a range of participants both at the gallery and throughout Thanet at school and community groups. Led by Carlos Cortes and his art collective ‘Build Your Worlds’ (BYW), the windmills will create the backdrop for a large-scale participatory performance that celebrates colour and movement, taking place from 12-4pm on Saturday 24 May on Margate Sands.
Carlos Cortes states:
“I am delighted to be working with Turner Contemporary on Moving with the Wind. The project interacts with the ever changing horizon line, with the wind, light and the elements, and with audiences, generating -both through its making process and its contemplation- a positive energy that will reach local, national and international visitors. The project will offer the opportunity for audiences to creatively participate in a project that has the potential to temporarily transform the perception of the landscape surrounding Turner Contemporary, and of Margate itself.”
The majority of the windmills will be installed on the beach, spreading to Margate train station, Cliftonville, Dane Park and elsewhere in the town on Saturday 24 May. They will appear at additional events throughout the summer season and will return to the schools and community groups that constructed them to decorate further events. Planned appearances include: Vintage Vibe in the Garden, Powell Cotton (6 July) Romeo and Juliet on the Beach (19 July) and Margate Sandcastle Festival (9 August).
Moving with the Wind is supported by London Array. Situated 12 miles off the Margate coast, London Array is the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Its 175 turbines have a combined capacity of 630MW and produce enough clean electricity for around half a million homes.
The project has been further supported by Arts Council England and Kent County Council’s Combined Member Grant scheme.