An entry for a Kunst am Bau (Percentage-for-Art) closed competition on the occasion of the renovation of the historical port of Stralsund, Germany.
Description: The wave is both a timeless symbol of the ocean – and an urgent force/corps of warning to the sharp rise of sea levels and extreme weather events, accelerated by global warming. The self-illuminated wave-shaped sculptures cling to the two light towers installed in the port. Their shape is reminiscent of a sea monster– as both a warning to the forces of nature and positioned as gatekeepers of the historical harbor.
Using the towers as lighthouses hints to the history of seashore cities (as in Blackpool, UK or Coney Island, NYC) as ideal spots for amusement parks, with large-scale glittering structures attracting the masses. When there are few people in the harbor area, the lights from within the sculpture are static. However, as human movement increases, the light becomes more dynamic. As crowds of people in the harbor grow, the “teeth” of the waves go into a playful “celebration mode”: the lights twinkle, flash and burn at their brightest –amplified by additional bursting lights. The work, which detects movement through a motion/vibration sensor, becomes a tangible pulse index of the human activity in the area.
Modeling: Nevo Bar, Rachid Moro: image processing
Overall project management and coordination: Mascha Fehse