Sonic artist Mira Calix on her stunning interactive sculpture Nothing Is Set In Stone, which you can see in Fairlop Waters.
Sonic artist Mira Calix on her stunning interactive sculpture Nothing Is Set In Stone, which you can see in Fairlop Waters, Redbridge.
I've been working on Nothing Is Set In Stone for the past year, but the idea came a couple of years before. It’s a piece about flux, our only constant being change.
I've always been one of those people who bring home stones in their pockets or suitcase as little souvenirs of places I have known and loved. I like stones a lot. I keep them all over my home and at some point it occurred to me that as they sat on my windowsill appearing to be quite still, for them time had only slowed down. They weren't still at all.
Removed from their natural habitat, their changes might be minute, invisible to my eye, but were still happening. For the stones they'd left behind, been separated from, time has sped up, increasing the force of erosion and change.
When I create an artwork, the ideas behind it tend to not be linear. The only way to truly articulate all my thoughts and feelings was to make this piece.
If I had the words to express the motivation behind Nothing Is Set In Stone, I would use them. I don't. So I was compelled to make what I think is this big and beautiful stone song. A song you can stand in the shadows of. It's full of the sounds of nature, the sounds of life.
I hope that others find it as magical and worthwhile an endeavour as I have. There is space in it for your stories, ideas and interpretations. I hope you take the time to really listen, explore the sculpture and the very wonderful park in which it now sings.
Nothing Is Set In Stone is part of this summer's Secrets: Hidden London series of events which runs until 9 September.