All the elements of my Arts Installtion for The Dragon Tree are now in the kitchen waiting to be loaded into the van and car. We weren't due to set up the installation until tomorrow but we've had SNOW, and lots of it!
I live in quite a rural area, on a big hill, so it's going to be a challenge getting out of the village but once we get on the main road we should be ok.
I rang the Garden yesterday and they said that they were still open and intended to run the weekend ... they have a Woodcraft Event there and people have been able to get in from as far away as Sheffield ... we're only 15 miles away so we should be ok! Have dug out my wellies and shovel!
So, at 3pm today we'll be toddling off through the ice and snow and by 5pm Dai Collage and all the gubbings will be set up in the beautiful Gallery at The National Botanic Garden of Wales.
I want to set it up as if Dai were sitting in his 'lounge through the ages' with an old radiogram case from the 1920's, a dansette from the 50's and a TV from the 90's ...
Coming out of the holes in Dai Collage's stomache will be music written by me and performed by Amanda Painting, Jeff Beer & Me with welsh language translations of the lurics by Ceri Wyn Jones read by Delyth & Paul Byrne ...
Within the installation will be 'ocean inspired' candles burning, so that as you approach him you can smell the sea.
On the TV I have put the sign language films I made with Maggie Hampton as theya re very beautiful and our character Guinivere Goddess of All Mermiads is kinf od based on Maggie's role within Disability Arts Cymru: holding the space and supporting people to be empowered to find their own quest.
Will take pics as we're setting up so you can see how it goes ... got to admit, I am actually more nervous than excited!