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A Windward Calm is a short documentary, going behind the scenes to explore the making of a suspended kinetic sculpture in a hospital environment.

While recovering from open-heart surgery, Canadian sculptor David Robinson spent many hours at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Healthcare Centre in Vancouver, where he was deeply moved by the shared experience of the patients gathered daily around its lofty glassed atrium. Inspiration struck, and his design for a suspended kinetic sculpture quickly took shape.

The sculpture turns gently in the air currents of the atrium, and slowly rises and falls at ‘the speed of the moon’ as one visitor observed. Conveyed by a custom rigging system, Windward Calm visits different floors of the seven-storey atrium over the course of the day.

Robinson’s studio has received many touching comments from patients and visitors to the hospital who find the sculpture both comforting and inspiring in their most vulnerable moments. The documentary gives viewers a glimpse of the process behind the work.

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