Come Fly With Me

Large green, blue and yellow balloons float above Loch Ruthven
Esther Polak, Ivar van Bekkum, Come Fly With Me, The Great Glen Artists Airshow.
A balloon equipped with GPS technology floats above Loch Ruthven.
Esther Polak, Ivar van Bekkum, Come Fly With Me.

Come Fly With Me: An exploration of the air with artists from the Great Glen Artists Airshow

The Arts Catalyst presents two artists’ projects created during our Great Glen Artists Airshow in 2010, an event that commissioned artists to explore the air as a medium in the spectacular setting of the Great Glen in Scotland, a huge natural fissure in the earth that stretches from Inverness to Fort William.

Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum’s Wall drawing wind - lake version results from an airborne investigation of wind currents above Loch Ruthven. The artists used balloons and GPS (global positioning technology) in a live performance and experiment that took place on this rain-swept Scottish loch. The artists retrieved the GPS systems from the balloons, chasing them down by rowboat, and have mapped their wind-blown paths. Polak was one of the first artists to make large-scale art explorations using GPS mapping. Collaborating with Ivar van Bekkum since 2004 their work continues to find new ways to explore the visualisation of landscape and experience of space, by means of GPS technology.

Augury by London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson) was a series of of new video works imagining the flight path of birds as augurs, or omens, part of an ancient tradition of divination by birds. This project was made in collaboration with a former hunter turned bird guide in the Brazilian rainforest and was installed in the woodland behind Loch Ruthven.

The evening premiered a short film by film-maker Ben Dickey, which was shot during the Great Glen Artists Airshow.

The film was shot on Canon 5d Mk2 by Bernard Zieja, Edited by Sarah Gray, Produced and Directed by Ben Dickey of Cornucopia Productions Ltd


The Great Glen Artists Airshow was presented at and in partnership with HICA (The Highland Institute for Contemporary Arts).


It was supported by Arts Council England,Scottish Arts Council, Henry Moore Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, Highland Culture Fund, Brazilian Ministry of Culture, The British Council, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, H2007, Highland Council and Nevis Partnership