An Attempt to Measure Duration With Water (2012)
Installation (water , polyethylene, willow branches)
What happens when a river hides beneath a thick sheet of ice? Awareness of the passage of time is obscured.
This site-specific installation was created in the middle of the Mackenzie River. Analogous to ancient water clocks, it utilized the river water to measure time. From a chiseled hole, river water filled the structure: a willow tripod holding a polyethylene pouch. The movement (clock mechanism) was simple: holes at the bottom let the water out. The emptying of the pouch indicated a given lapse of time. However, as the water froze, the measure of time became distorted.