On the hottest day of the year we gathered for a picnic at the singing rock. Mira Calix held artist talks. We were joined by Redbridge Games Makers who chaperoned the tours. Much thanks to them and all who joined the artist at Fairlop Waters.
The Creators Project - Mira Calix Talks Singing Stones And Manmade Nature
Nothing Is Set In Stone - the making of
Nothing Is Set In Stone is now open, between the hours of 7am and 9.30pm the piece will react to it's audience.
Nothing Is Set In Stone install complete at Fairlop.
We gathered at Fairlop Waters for a small private view. Speeches by Jo Ross from OCM, Munira Mirza from MofL, Redbridge Council and artist Mira Calix.
Nothing Is Set In Stone installation on site at Fairlop Waters. Mira Calix, David Sheppard, Keri Elmsly on site with Broa Sams and his team - Ivan, Paul and Angelica.
Mira Calix and Chris Jones from the Natural History museum take part in a press day at the fabrication studio.
Mira Calix and David Sheppard spend the Jubilee weekend working on the audio set up. Tests take place
at the fabrication studio in South London. Nothing Is Set In Stone is almost complete.
Mira Calix returns to fabrication studio for overview.
Mira Calix creates the outershell stone design at Broa Sams workshop in South London. The rest of the team continue the mounting process.
First layers of stones fixed to structural frame.
Mira Calix, Overcraft, David Sheppard, and Broa Sams meet for sensor tests and structural engineering signoff.
All the partners meet for press planning and strategic meetings at Greater London Authority.
Foundations and power cabling are laid at the Fairlop site.
Mayor Of London and Oxford Contemporary Music staff visit the fabrication workshop.
Mira Calix, David Sheppard and Broa Sams meet at the fabrication site in Southwark, London, to carry out a full-scale audio test.
The internal structure is completed.
Mira’s time at Nirox has been incredibly rewarding. She returns to London. All of the sound experienced in Nothing is Set in Stone
was recorded on the Nirox site, which is based in The Cradle of Humankind. The site-specific sound sculpture at Fairlop will contain the sounds of this site in Africa.
Mira created a short film showing the making of The Silent Song
The Silent Song
It is traditional for artists to visit Nirox to leave a piece of work behind. i was inspired to create a small stone piece for the sculpture park. I called this 'the silent song', it contains the written score for Nothing Is Set In Stone and was created with quartz and sandstone that i found in the local area.
I like to think of 'the silent song' as the 'little sister' to Nothing Is Set In Stone
On her residency Mira is spends her days recording the natural environment for the sculpture.
The 1500 hectare Nirox site is home to a diverse range of wildlife.
NIROX is a private foundation set in 15 hectares of an extensive nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
An international artists' residency programme (all arts).
A local artists' accommodation programme
A sculpture park
Related function facilities
The complex lies 45 minutes outside Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province of the Republic of South Africa.
NIROX is committed to excellence and to advance AfricaÂ’s place in the global contemporary arts.
Mira Calix working on the audio for Nothing Is Set in Stone
in the 'Cradle Of Humankind'
Gauteng South Africa
Whilst at the Nirox Foundation in South Africa Mira Calix worked with members of the University Of Johannesburg Choir. She spent a few days recording the vocal parts for Nothing Is Set in Stone
. During a break, the girls performed a traditional song; lak’utshona ilonga, for me.
27/03 – 30/03/12
Mira Calix records with members of the University of Johannesburg Choir.
Mira Calix travels to the Nirox Foundation in South Africa. The next two weeks, Mira will be on residency at the sculpture park working on the audio elements for Nothing is Set in Stone
Mira Calix, David Sheppard and Overcraft visit Broa Sams workshop in South London to review the structural scale model and discuss build phase.
Structural engineer visits the fairlop site to take soil samples and inspect the grounds.
Mira Calix visits the fairlop waters site and marks the spot for the foundations of Nothing Is Set In Stone.
Fabricator Broa Sams travels to Essex CED depot to check over our Gneiss stone delivery.
samples are tested and sliced in half.
The stones to create the sculpture have been delivered.
Technical meeting in London between Structural Engineer, Design team and Fabricator.
Mira Calix discusses the unique geological properties of Chesil Beach with Chris Jones from NHM in R&D meeting.
Mira Calix has meeting at the Natural History Museum.
Mira Calix and David Sheppard of Sound Intermedia meet for a day of audio tests at South London Studio.
5 tons of Gneiss stone (Angel Rock) have been ordered.
First structural prototype scale model has been fabricated.
15/12/11 - Site meeting at Fairlop Waters
An opportunity to look at the practicalities with Jaqueline Eggleston and her team from Vison, producer Keri Elmsly, Mira Calix and Broa Sams. The group discuss the installation, foundation. power requirements and environmental impact of the project.
19/10/11 - Day Trip to CED Ltd Essex – stone supplier
The full creative team visits the stone supplier in Essex to discuss options and look at samples
for the installation structure.
Overcraft and Mira Calix have a R&D meeting at the Emma Labs at the Natural History Museum with advisors Chris Jones and Anton Kearsley.