Gijs van Bon

Category: Artist

Skryf writes with sand text on the ground. Out of a small manipulated opening the sand is flowing. Very slowly
it puts the text letter by letter on the ground. As long as the machine is writing a letter, the machine protects
that part of the text. When the machine has
finished the letter, it passes through the next part
of the text, and reveals the text just written to the
elements and the passers-by.
Slowly the written text will get affected by the
weather, wind and audience and will disappear,
Skryf can write a long text in a street or on a path.
The text can include one word or a whole story,
and it varies from big to small letters.
Skryf can write outdoors, this provides a slightly
rawer and faster transient text, or indoors, where
it is quite tight, subtle and just can persist long.
Skryf refers to the fact that everything is transitory.
An almost irrelevant pile of sand creates the magic of the word. Human beings, nature and the passing of time
are responsible for the disintegration of the word again. Sometimes very quickly, sometimes very slow. Like
sand through your fingers …

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