An incredible eleven acre land art installation has been unveiled in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The piece shows the face of a little girl, anonymous said to be from the city, smiling rather enigmatically. Although the work, by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is formally entitled Wish, locals have already given it a new name: The Face from Space.
Wish has been months in the planning and is part of the Belfast Festival which started on 17 October and lasts for ten days. This world class piece of land art is made up of 30,000 pegs. Add to this 2,000 tonnes of soil and an equal amount of sand and you begin to realize the titanic scale of this project. All told, it covers eleven acres of Belfast’s old docklands. Although the International Space Station is yet to take any pictures of Wish, this Face from Space is a thrilling sight for visitors to the city flying in and out of George Best Belfast City Airport.
Anomaly Transmission in conjunction with Spiral Sounds (http://spiralsounds.tumblr.com) present a very special podcast from John Elliott under his Imaginary Softwoods title. John explains the concept and inspiration behind the mix below:
‘I had the pleasure of playing the Labyrinth this year in Naeba, Japan, and the event is always inspiring and invigorating. This year was no exception, and as I am inspired by the people I have met, I decided to try incorporate them into this mix here, along with some new music I have discovered record shopping here in Tokyo. This mix is a bit of a snapshot of where I am right now in the present moment, and it feels great. Recently I’ve been combining abstract music with rhythmic music; whether or not the results are successful is not so important as I enjoy this and think it is interesting to find intersections for these different musics I enjoy. The track listing is as follows:
Tetsu Inoue - “Health Loop” from “World Receiver” Petar Dundov and Greg Treshor “Duotone II” Small Cruel Party - “…Montrant L’Envers Délicat Des Pétales” from “Islands of Sleep” Steve Birchall - “Summer Memories” from “Reality Gates” Peter Van Hoesen - “Decoder” from “Perceiver” Takehisa Kosugi - “Wave Code #e-1” from “Catch Wave” Philippe Grancher - “3000 Miles Away” from “3000 Miles Away” Tetsu Inoue - “Symphony H20” from “Inland” David Behrman - “Interspecies Smalltalk Pt. I” from “Leapday Night” Wolfgang Duren - “Phila” from “Eyeless Dream” Donato Dozzy - “Untitled” from “K” Atom TM - “12 Mittlere Composition No. I” from “Liedgut” Petar Dundov - “Moving” from “Sailing off the Grid” Pôle - “Outside the Nightmare” from “Inside the Dream”