Title: Needle In The Haystack
Date: September 2015
Exhibition: A Pentagon Commission, Creativity Works
Location: Victoria Hall, Radstock
Photographs by Owen Wassell.
For this Pentagon Commission with Creativity Works I created a touring ‘Worry Disposable Unit’ within my mini red van. The van visited several community groups over one week in and around Radstock ,including: Bath College, Humbug Theatre Co, The Youth Hub, Parent & Child Groups, The Swallow Centre and Dance Students from Victoria Hall. The different groups were invited to sit inside the van where music was playing (The Andrews Sisters – Accentuate the positive) and I asked visitors to donate and destroy their worries in The Viking P-20 strip cut paper shredder. At the end of each session I took the shredded anxiety back to Victoria Hall and added it to the growing haystack. By the end of the week 210 people contributed a worry to the haystack, which reached 139cm in height.
In a final celebratory event, the community of Radstock were invited to Victoria Hall to help me search for a needle in the tall haystack. It only took us 2 minutes and 43 seconds to find the needle in the haystack. Frederick – father of 3 was the ‘finder’. He was immediately crowned the winner and led the search party in a celebratory conga. which resulted in cava and cake to complete the project.
‘Needle in the Haystack is a provocative, engaging and highly entertaining art work that brings people together and works on many different personal and social levels. Creativity Works was very pleased to commission Megan as part of Pentagon, our socially engaged public art project and are sure the work has the power to empower individuals and entice communities in many varied places and environments in the future.’ – Olly Jones, Creativity Works Director.