Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rachel Shearer's sound installation at the Wynyard Quarter

Located at the Wynyard Crossing, Flooded Mirror is a sound installation by Auckland-based artist Rachel Shearer that "tells an abstract sound story of the interconnections between sea, geology and humans." Shearer has developed sounds inspired by mineral structure as a metaphor for those processes that affect land formation, geological strata, culture and communities. She says "it is like an aural map of energy flow narrating ancient general histories and specific recent histories."

The sound operates on a six hour ten minute loop in time with the ebb and flow of the tide. Within the loop there are sections of sound that build, peak and recede delivering an ongoing undulating wave of sound.
Image: Rachel Shearer's sound installation The Flooded Mirror (2011). Photograph by Terry Urbahn