Monday, March 4, 2013

Encounter of Waters Wall Design and Sculpture

Views of Encontro das Águas installation
Views of Encontro das Águas InstallationViews of Encontro das Águas Installation

Sandra Cinto’s Encontro das Águas (Encounter of Waters) is an installation at the Olympic Sculpture Park’s PACCAR Pavilion from April 14, 2012 - October 20, 2013. The wall is designed with water motifs using blue paint and silver pen. The design is reminiscent of water as depicted in Japanese woodblock prints. A wooden boat sculpture is in front of the wall, off to one side. The statement that accompanies the installation mentions the risk and renewal qualities of water and the significance of the boat as a metaphor for journeys and as a reference to the painting The Raft of the Medusa.

Since we have a passing interest in the decoration of walls, especially murals and graffiti, we were interested in this installation. Obviously this isn’t the typical mural or graffiti we like to cover. This isn’t a group of local students getting together to brighten up a gloomy underpass or someone paid to decorate the side of a business in big, puffy, hard to decipher letters. No, this is an upscale, city cousin to those. It’s an installation. There is a serious description about it. And, this installation doesn’t run as great a risk of getting vandalized as its cousins in the wild do. ;-) All ribbing aside, this installation is fun, worked for the space, and on the sunny Sunday afternoon we were there, it brightened up our day.

Left: Views of Encontro das Águas installation with boat and chairs; Right: Installation description
Encontro das Águas installation description

Left: The boat and wall in Encontro das Águas; Right: People have an encounter with the water
The boat and wall in Encontro das Águas People have an encounter with the water

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