Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Doug Taylor's Giant Whirligig Wind Swimmer gently paddles into the ending summer breeze wafting high above Vancouver's beautiful Kitsilano Pool. (this is Canada longest pool, with 137mt...)
The first version of the Swimmer was created in 1993 for an Artropolis installation in the waters of English Bay near Stanley Park's Second Beach but was destroyed by high seas after only one week in the chuk. The current Wind Swimmer, erected in 1996, is vastly sturdier, bigger, higher and in fact she is wearing a solid lead bathing suit. For extra safety in stormy weather the whirligig propeller folds flat like a prairie windmill.