Searcher was one of the new works launched at Abandon Normal Devices festival in Grizedale last weekend. There are 25 kites in total but we only flew 15 of them, the other 10 are better in stronger winds. The kites are all different and have images taken from a GoPro video that was filmed by mountain rescue dog Ted, his handler Roger and Kerry who was acting as a casualty in a training session. Superimposed on the image are the GPS tracks made by dog and handler during a training exercise.
The work is dependent on the weather, and although it was sunny on Saturday and Sunday there wasn’t much wind and kite flyers had to do a lot of running to keep the kites in the air. There was a better wind on Sunday, and towards the end of the day we got 14 of the kites flying at the same time. Wind direction and speed is also an important part of how and when a search dog will catch a scent carried on the wind.