I was recently commissioned to develop a new piece of writing in response to the engineering behind ~Flow, a floating building containing a collection of musical instruments on the River Tyne that generates its own power using a tidal waterwheel. ~Flow was produced by Ed Carter and the Owl project for the Cultural Olympiad as part of Artists taking the lead, one of twelve extraordinary public art commissions funded by the UK Arts Councils celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
My piece, Waterwheel, is a love poem which uses the vocabulary of ~Flow’s engineering. The poem pays homage to the waterwheel on flow through its formal structure. I also produced an audio recording which incorporates some of the sounds that were generated by the weird and wonderful musical instruments on board, all of which were powered by the tide.
Both are available on the ~Flow website and will shortly appear in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Journal and online at the Newcastle Centre for The Literary Arts’ archive.