Gunilla Klingberg’s A Sign in Space
Art & Design
Kind of adoring artist Gunilla Klingberg’s outdoor art installation, “A Sign in Space.” Made up of a starred geometric pattern imprinted into the sand on a beach, the artist used special tires to create the pattern. The result is highly unusual but visually wonderful. It’s at once something entirely unfamiliar but something that could be on another planet or in another time; you could imagine it being commonplace. Considering all the other amazing and awe-inspiring patterns found in nature, it’s not that much of a stretch to think that something like this would be possible in another alternate world. Of course, perhaps that’s what the artist was aiming for: a pattern that was familiar yet surprising, something incredible but not seemingly impossible. In the artist’s words:
“A graphic star-pattern composed of truck tires is printed as a relief on the sand at Laga beach during low tide. At high tide the pattern will slowly vanish as the tide rises. The printed pattern is made with a mechanical device, a manufactured steel-cylinder, with the graphic pattern as a matrix relief made of truck tires. The cylinder is connected to the beach cleaner tractor which drives from side to side of the beach in the morning, creating the pattern covering the whole beach area.”
“Following the lunar and tidal calendar, the pattern is remade again and again at all possible days at low tide. The work A Sign in Space is performed on dates when the tidal calender is synchronized with the the beach cleaners early morning working schedule- the pattern will be created on days when the low tide hour fits the labour working hours. Dates when A Sign in Space will be performed at Laga beach: On morning hours (9-12 am): 19th, 20th, 30th and 31st July. 1st, 2nd, 14th, 15th, 16th, 30th and 31st August. 14th and 15th September.” More on Gunilla Klingberg’s website.