Why this Vancouver man spent 24 hours in a public art sculpture (VIDEO)

To unleash his creativity, Vancouver filmmaker Timothy McLeod – aka Skinny Tim – spent 24 hours in a public art sculpture in False Creek.

To get the creative juices flowing, a Vancouver filmmaker did something a little out of the ordinary.

Timothy McLeod – AKA Skinny Tim to friends – spent 24 hours inside a public art sculpture known as High Up Hut, June 19-20, and documented his experience along the way.

Skinny Tim jumps from the High Up Hut: Photo: Meldon Lobo

The artwork, which somewhat resembles a cube house, stands 7 feet tall in False Creek near the Cambie Street Bridge. To get there, McLeod rowed an inflatable boat through the water, then braved climbing the wooden structure to get inside.

The public artwork is one of three huts created by Benny Zenga, a Vancouver artist and filmmaker, to “inspire wonder and curiosity”, according to Two Rivers Gallery. It is also said to symbolize “the importance of solitude and time spent away from digital screens”.

For McLeod, staying in the hut, which measures about 5 feet wide and 7.5 feet long, was part of a “creative journey.” The 34-year-old has worked on video projects over the years, but struck out on his own about a year ago.

“I’m trying to become a better storyteller and videographer,” he told Vancouver Is Awesome.

“That kind of challenge just seemed to help hone my skills. I thought the physical challenge would just be fun. But trying to capture the moments so I could piece together a story on the other end, for me, was the biggest challenge.

He said he spent a lot of time thinking about shots to film and having fun capturing what was happening around him in different ways.

The 12-minute video, released last week, highlights what he sees over the 24 hours in the cabin and how he passes the time.

While this was a creative learning experience for McLeod, it was also an opportunity to take time for personal reflection.

“One of the gems of the experience was how distant I was from people,” he said.

“A thousand people could pass me on the bike path and maybe just one person would yell at me or even notice I was there.

“For much of the day, if I sat and just stared at the city and the water, I felt like I was totally disconnected, in a good way.

“I was retired, while I was in the middle of town.”

    Timothy McLeod - AKA Skinny Tim to friends - spent 24 hours inside a public art sculpture known as High Up Hut from June 19-20.  Photo: Tim McLeodTimothy McLeod – AKA Skinny Tim to friends – spent 24 hours inside a public art sculpture known as High Up Hut from June 19 to June 20. Photo: Tim McLeod

He hoped the video would inspire others to have a little fun exploring their creative abilities.

“Creativity comes in many shapes and sizes. If we were all to do creative things a little more often, it would connect and inspire people more and more,” McLeod said.

“I recommend anyone embarking on a creative path to lock themselves away for 24 hours in a strange place and then use it as homework. Ask yourself, ‘how can I share the experience?’

“If there’s something you’d like to do, go ahead. Have fun. ”

You can follow Skinny Tim on his Youtube channel to stay up to date with his latest video adventures.

Mildred D. Field