Tidal Mass

NGB Studios

1,850 used fluorescent light bulbs, steel, 250 compact fluorescent light bulbs, steel rods

29" x 32' x 54' - 2007

When I was working on Tidal Mass I was reading The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery. Inspired by the melting of the polar ice caps, Tidal Mass floods the entire floor of a warehouse with thousands of used fluorescent light bulbs. The piece is illuminated from both below and above, giving the impression of undulating waves. Commonplace objects, in this case fluorescent light bulbs, are transformed into a hybrid natural landscape through their use and repetition on a large scale.

Article by Gil McElroy: Link