Not Vital – Scarch

December 2016

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I was lucky enough to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the summer and see an exhibition by the Swiss sculptor Not Vital  (pronounced  Veetahl).  His exhibition is on until the 2nd January 2017 – so there are still a few days left in which to see it.  I must admit I would love to see the Park and it’s Sculptures in the winter; particularly when it is blanketed in  snow – but unfortunately that is most unlikely.

If you are not able to get along and have missed out on his exhibition altogether then you will find this video link especially interesting. It’s worth watching just to hear Not Vital describing the backstory to his work.   I find many of the ideas he outlines and his explanations quite thought provoking.  Most notable is when he is considering  different aspects of snow, allied to the subtle shades discernible in whites, greys and blacks.  I shall also look forward  to the permanent installation of his shimmering “scarch” paper-curl-bridge.

Of further interest is another video which shows Not Vital’s sculptures actually in his own backyard in Engadin,  Switzerland – these could be worth checking out too, especially if you are passing that way or have become a bit bored in St Moritz !

AND FINALLY  – Just in case you were wondering – my feature photo, at the top of the page, is of a partial solar eclipse that occurred in the UK on the 20th March 2015.  As the moon passed across the sun – the sun itself began to look like a crescent moon !  And following on, in a random sort of way, is a song to enjoy called moon shadow, it was composed and sung by by Cat Stevens in 1970.

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