'Fade' and 'High and Low'', Horsebridge Art Centre

Commissioned work for Whitstable Biennale 2022 Afterwardness  

As a response to a residency on the Isle of Sheppey with Cement Fields in 2020 I created two water-powered works, 'Fade' and''High and Low'. Both works contemplate the connection between the natural forces of time and tide.

In the newest work 'High and Low', water conducts three kinetic sculptures made of steel, bamboo, and glass. By embracing the performative flow and fundamentally uncontrollable nature of water, these instruments respond to and subvert a history of human-made devices built to control and harness time, tides, and the elements. Throughout the festival the water slowly corroded the structures.

Information about 'Fade' can be found here

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High and Low, 2022 Image: Rob Harris

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High and Low, 2022,

bamboo, mild steel and glass.

190cm x 54cm x 54cm

Commissioned for Whitstable Biennale 2022

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Image: Rob Harris

Water is hand-poured into a bucket at the top of each structure. The water slowly empties through a bamboo tube onto a piece of bamboo, causing it to seesaw. As it does so it distrubutes water into two glass vessels. When the water reaches the top of the glasses it siphons onto a metal plate. Once empty the glasses begin to refill.

 

The flow of water corrodes the plate over time, forming ephemeral patterns.

 

The sound created as the bamboo seesaw hits the glass vessels changes pitch as the glasses fill. (Please see the video above to hear the sound).

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Image: Rob Harris

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Image: Rob Harris

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Details of the corrosion of the steel base plate after 9 days 

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