Art centered around the world’s oceans can make a strong statement.
Zhan Wang is an internationally known artist who has been creating for several decades. One of his more famous works titled the Floating Mountain of Immortals is created from steel formed over natural rock, which is later extracted.
The exhibit has shown worldwide, including a stay off the Belgian coast in the North Sea.
From far away the formed together objects look like a shiny island. A closer look reveals it is actually a manmade rock that houses many everyday items, fused together for display.
The steel island incorporates forms like mythological characters, fishermen, and things like a computer and a phone. Reportedly, the one who has cast the line is the artist and a nearby companion is said to be his wife.
The mountain is actually embedded into the sea floor with 2 protruding spears. As the tide rises the massive sculpture looks like it is floating, and as the water level regresses it can be seen from the beach shore.
Completely eye-catching, the Floating Mountain of Immortals installation is a part of a larger exhibition called the Beaufort Art Trail. This collection stretches across the length of the Belgian shoreline and includes a range of sculptures from global artists.
Above images are © Zhan Wang.
Another sea inspired artist, David Bowen, created an interactive kinetic sculpture a few years back that responds to water and wave movement.
Called tele-present water, the system worked by collecting data from water movement via a preset location.
Live wave data was collected using a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoy station resource system. After measurements like wave occurrences and height intensity were recorded, the information was scaled for size and conveyed to a mechanical grid arrangement.
The figures collected were able to simulate how water would physically react according to the specific location’s movements.
The following video shows how the structure rises and falls, dances and seems to float in accordance with the ocean’s efforts.
Above images are © David Bowen.
Always a source of enthusiastic movement and inspiration, the sea has motivated many creative ideas and designs.
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