Festive Road was commissioned by Northampton Borough Council to make a wings sculpture for Carnival, and their Pride Festival. Even though these physical events were cancelled, there was a #VirtualNorthamptonPride - and we were thrilled to be able to share our wings as part of this event.
You will be able to see the 'Pride Wings' around Northampton at various events in 2021, before they go on public display locally.
The main components for the piece are old bicycle parts and donated scrap metal. If you look closely you can see that the base is from an old patio gas heater, and the feathers are sections of bicycle rims which were ground to a point and then polished up and painted in the pride colours. The paint was then pared back from the ends of each feather, in order to show the base metal for continuity of the piece. The sinuous stem has been recycled from a support structure we created for one of our 'retired' dinosaur puppets - we think it looks like a person standing with one leg in front of the other, although it is open to everyone's own interpretation as to what they think it looks like.
The sculpture stands at 1.5 metres high, and has a wing span of 3 metres - and the sprockets/springs at the joints have been designed to create the illusion that the wings can move.
You can see the video we created for the event via this link: NorthamptonPrideWings