9 to 10 September 2017


Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm




Gijs van Bon


Abbot Hall is accessible for wheelchair users


*On Sunday SKRYF will be in the ginnels of Kendal town centre - go find him!*

A fascinating small robot which writes as it moves. 

Feed it your words, type in your poetry and it will set off on a journey leaving a stream of sand letters behind. Follow, watch and create. 

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 at 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 passage of time are responsible for the disintegration of the word again. Sometimes very quickly, sometimes very slow. Like sand through your fingers .....

More information on SKRYF.


Should the weather be really wet Skryf will not be appear be able to appear at Lakes Alive. 

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