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3D printed in white nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
BK-06: "Wave Crossings" by Liz Phillips
Four years ago, I was inspired by an NOAA navigation map of the New York Harbor to begin the Wave Crossings project for Governors Island. On the original maps, bell buoys and fog horns were marked. We made a trip to Red Hook on a foggy morning and encountered Louis Valentino Jr. Pier Park in BK-06. On that pier, Paula Rabinowitz and I witnessed and recorded an exciting drama. From within a deep fog, we recorded bell buoys, fog horns, and boats in a call and response navigation pattern. The traffic in Buttermilk Channel and the New York harbor in morning rush hour was a powerfully loud experience. As the fog was lifted by a bit of wind, the sound changed from horns to bell buoys and birds. The many boats and the panoramic landscape became visible.
Sound pollution from helicopters and planes ordinarily fills that soundscape. I explored with recording both underwater and on the surface of Governors Island. Many questions must be asked about this maritime port area with rising tides and a bay that was once full of oysters. Listening and enjoying the waterfront is one way to begin the healing process.
As an interdisciplinary artist, sound is my primary descriptive material. I have been making installations for 45 years investigating patterns and waves; visible, invisible, tactile and audible.
This 3D model was made with the expertise of the architect and model maker Peter Zaharatos. A miniature soundscape emanates from this map.