A large sculpture of a woman in a bathing suit with ‘articulated limbs’ that provide her with the capability to swim through the air was reinstalled at Kitsilano Pool this week.
The City of Vancouver says the sculpture, appropriately dubbed the ‘Wind Swimmer’, was taken down for repairs after it sustained damage from the powerful windstorm of August 2015.
The public art piece has been away from its location for the past three years. Most of the repair work was conducted by the Park Board’s trades crew, with the incorporation of new safety standards that were developed since the sculpture was made over 20 years ago.
“The Wind Swimmer required significant structural work as a result of the damage it sustained, but now the mobile sculpture is back home,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon in a statement.
“This particular artwork is a result of a successful partnership between the Park Board, artist Doug Taylor, and philanthropists Herb and Mary Auerbach. With its new engineering components, we hope it will stand the test of time … and windstorms of the future.”
The dynamic sculpture’s movements are controlled by a propeller and the local wind currents.