Thursday, 10 January 2013

Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds - Lewis Wright & Catrin Davies

Today was spent at Bwlch Nant yr Arian, a kite feeding station at Ponterwyd. We visited the centre because we hope to create our next piece of work in collaboration with Bwlch Nant yr Arian. Our intention is to produce a short film that continues with the classic still life theme that has been explored within previous works such as A Most Strange And True Report and Feels So Unnatural.  The complex relationship between man and nature within its environment is explored within the still lives that we create.  


Whilst at Bwlch Nant yr Arian, we met two members of staff, Gareth and Andre who were extremely informative and helpful and kindly offered to give us a personal insight to how and what the kites eat as well as their behavioural habits. The kites are fed daily and we would highly recommend you pay a visit to watch this spectacle if you haven’t already been. The food was scattered and we watched as the kites feasted. The feeding can also be watched on a live feed in the warm comforts of the café.

(Below: The Red Kite by Walton Ford)
Although the red kite of today is often described as graceful, beautiful and mysterious it’s sighting hasn’t always been so welcomed; man’s relation to this bird of pray has, at times been a turbulent one.  William Turner stated in the 16th century: “for such is the audacity of our kites that they dare to snatch bread from children, fish from women and handkerchiefs from hedges and out of men’s hands." 
This evolving but continuous relationship is what interests us.

The author, David Jones described the Red Kite as a compelling symbol for Wales. We aim to make work that celebrates this current working relationship. 

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