As the audience grows Trish shares her thoughts on Sue Austin's 'Creating the Spectacle!' and its success an as artwork / 23 July 2012
It's a week since we returned from our final filming trip to Egypt and things are really gearing up now for 'Creating the Spectacle!'. We had a double page spread in the Independent on Sunday magazine which really boosted our profile and it featured one of Norman's stunning photos of Sue in the underwater wheelchair in the red sea. This week we are getting the final edit together for footage in preparation for films to be shown at our events, online and at the live site in Weymouth later this week. We're really looking forward to Battle for the Winds, particularly the Unlimited commission Breathe as part of that, this weekend which is promising to be one of the many jewels in the Maritime Mix London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.
Sue's Unlimited commission 'Creating the Spectacle!' is all about inspiring people but it needs to get out to people in order to do that. I've seen the power of sports and arts to inspire people this weekend in team Sky's amazing achievements at the Tour de France. Seeing Bradley Wiggins on the top step of the podium really was an inspirational moment for me as a keen cyclist. I think that when people see Sue travelling around the sea in her underwater wheelchair they will be inspired in a similar way. We have already had people coming up to us saying "I'd love to have a go in that" or "I want one of those". It is that inspiration that is helping the message of the work to really fix in people's minds and for them to see that the wheelchair is not necessarily an object of restriction with negative connotations. The freedom it facilitates is obvious when watching her live and on film. But the work has become much more about just making the wheelchair desirable and showing that it is an object of freedom. Now it has become a symbol for something more universal. It's about people realising that with a degree of effort, ambition and creativity you can really achieve something that you might not have thought was possible before. The work really is achieving what Sue set out to do and alongside that it is a visually arresting and beautiful piece of work.
Next week Sue and the Freewheeling team are back in the pool at Osprey Leisure Centre and will be rehearsing the performances with Adam Benjamin (formerly of Candoco) who is helping to choreograph the piece. Behind-the-scenes Portland based project manager Andrea Frankham-Hughes and myself are also working to get the tickets sales online and organise the logistics for those performances in August and September. Watch out for the ticket sales announcement soon!