Blade

  • © Blade Install - Thomas Arran
  • © Blade Install - Hull 2017
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight
  • © Andrew Knight

Application Type

Pro-Tem

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Yorkshire & Humberside

Local Authority Area

Kingston-upon-Hull

Information about this scheme

Blade - a monumental artwork by Nayan Kulkarni was commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 for the opening season, Made in Hull.  Blade inaugurated Look Up, a curated programme of temporary, public artworks for Hull’s city centre designed to change people’s experience of the city, shifting perceptions of place, turning the familiar into something strange and wonderful, intriguing and celebratory. Blade was conceived as an unforgettable physical manifestation, an opportunity to see what is made in Hull which would surprise and engender pride.   It used one of the first B75 rotor blades crafted by local people at Siemens new facility as a ‘readymade’ artwork.  These blades are the world’s largest handmade fibreglass components to be cast as a single object.  The 75 meters long, 28 tonne, wind turbine blade was installed in Queen Victoria Square for 10 weeks, bisecting the square, its tip rising over 5 metres high, allowing buses to pass underneath and encouraging people to drift around its curves, their senses of sight and touch taking the place of the wind. Its striking contrast to the neo-classical and Italianate facades of surrounding buildings, transformed the experience of the 1.1m people crossing the square, with over 420,000 interacting with the sculpture.

Credits

Artist

NK Projects(UK) Ltd

Public Art Consultant

Public Art Consultant

Client

Executive Producer, Hull 2017

Client

Technical Director, Hull 2017

Project Manager

Ove Arup

Transport Consultant

Ove Arup

Main Contractor

Pearl Green Engineering

Other

Abnormal Load Engineering

Wind Engineering Consultants

Siemens

Primary Use Class

Class E1 - Public Realm