Rising above the granite hedges of Carnmenellis there is a wind turbine with a difference. It’s become a 20 metre high in the sky canvas for Falmouth artist Rosie Hadden, who has created a site-specific piece of artwork especially for the turbine.
Drivers cutting across the back roads through Penmarth have been puzzled by the sudden appearance of the shadow of a young girl appearing on the newly erected mast. The art piece entitled ‘Alice’ has been inspired by a new eco holiday retreat currently being built at Little White Alice farm.
Alice is based on Rosie Hadden’s daughter, 11-year old Annie, and is made up of two life size silhouettes which wrap around the turbine’s fin. The art piece will move to reflect the wind direction with Alice’s hair always blowing downwind.
The turbine manufactured by Proven was supplied and erected by local company Natural Generation based in St Agnes. Mike Field, director of Natural Generation, said: “We have installed many wind turbines in Cornwall but this is the first time it has been combined in such an innovative way with a work of art.”
The owner of the site, Simon Toft, added: “Creativity plays a major part in my vision of the project and I hope where possible to use as many local artists and crafts people to enhance the landscape and interiors of the holiday retreats.”
There are plans underfoot for exhibitions and craft workshops, including basketry and felt making, which will run in the new purpose built studio from this autumn, and a sculpture trail to be developed around the 13 acre nature reserve.
The Little White Alice complex is set to be one of the most eco friendly holiday accommodations in the country. As well as generating its own electricity via the turbine it draws water from a borehole and will use ground source heating and solar panels. All of the sites sewage is treated using natural reed beds. It will also feature one of the only natural swimming pools in the south west.
Little White Alice is set to open its doors to residential visitors next summer who will be able to stay in the luxury barns, but until then people are welcome to come and walk on the many public footpaths and bridleways that converge on the farm to view this new turbine art.