20 November 2011

Drawing a Sea @ Art in the Dark 2011

Drawing a Sea is a site-specific light installation that traces an imaginary shoreline with string lights that will rest 40 metres above sea level on the ground of Western Park. This height set out for the lights reflects the highest rise of water (run-up) in sea-level recorded in a small cove in Miyako City in the recent Japanese tsunami.

Even with an abundance of video footage of the tsunami engulfing the land, it is hard to grasp what people actually went through on that day. The artist hopes that as the audience wander in and out of the surface of this imaginary tsunami, the incomprehensible will become comprehensible.

Art in the Dark http://www.artinthedark.co.nz/
Western Park, Ponsonby, Auckland.
11-12 November 2011

Looking up the "surface".

Panoramic view from inside of the "sea". (Compiled from four photos, spans approx. 225 degrees.)

From the east end of lights towards the west side of the hill.


This project was made possible with supports from Art in the Dark 2011 team, La Lumiere who sponsored 450m string of lights, and Cameron, Tim & George who helped me setting out the height of the ground.