The colour of the North East sky is revealed on the streets of Sunderland city centre. During a residency at Narec (New and Renewable Energy Centre) Alec Finlay explored whether wind turbines could be camouflaged to match the sky. He took photographs every day for a year to specify the full range of colours. The outer ring of the Sky Colour Wheel shows all 365 shades, which were then blended into the average for each week, month and season. The centre circle is the whole year’s sky summed up in one colour.
Alec Finlay is a Scottish artist, poet and publisher, after working in Newcastle for ten years he is now based in Edinburgh. He has undertaken artist residencies at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Narec, and commissions for Milton Keynes Gallery, Kielder Partnership and Bluecoat. His work has been exhibited at venues including: BALTIC, Gateshead; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Bickachsen 6, Bad Homburg; EAST, Norwich; Leeds City Art Gallery; and the Sydney Biennial.
Produced by AV Festival 10 and Studio Alec Finlay in collaboration with Jack Lowe, in partnership with Sunderland Council and Inspire Northumberland.
Mon 1 March – Sun 14 March 2010
Adshels across Sunderland on Fawcett Street, Waterloo Place, High Street West, Marine Terrace.