Lune is a giant inflatable moon made of polyurethane. It's sister sculpture Tide is a whirlpool-esq platform made from wood and steel consisting of 3 concentric rings rotating on circular trackways.
Lune features an internal lighting system so that members of the public can change the phase of the moon using a remote control. It can be altered from a crescent to half to full moon. It can be a white, blue or red moon. Tide has three rings that increase in rotational speed towards the centre causing people to gravitate inwards. When you reach the static centre you can operate the moon as you watch others on the platform orbit around you.
The art installation Lune and Tide is going on tour around the South West region of America. The installation will appear at local fairs, festivals, events, parks, yard sales, fields and fuel stations alongside local happenings, natural phenomena and architectures. It will be a surreal and awe-inspiring experience for members of the public across different social, architectural, urban and rural contexts.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Using props, places and people as communication tools, Sarah Cockings and Laurence Symonds’ collaborative artworks magnify reality and draw out the magic and absurdity of our surroundings.
Works operate as positive gestures inducing cultural engagement, stimulating a different experience of known landscapes. Each work has an in built intention but also has the possibility of generating its own splinter narratives.
Sarah Cockings graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011. She has exhibited internationally with her performative pieces often receiving extensive press coverage. She has taken part in residency programmes in Carlisle and Kochi, India, and received Arts Council funding for her public interaction projects around London. She also teaches part time at Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Laurence Symonds is an Interactive Product Designer and Engineer who set up the company Concept Shed in Cornwall, UK. He has created numerous pieces for public and private clients as well as self initiated projects, working all the way through from initial concepts to technical and aesthetic design, and on to assembly and installation. Past works include Autowed, an automated wedding vending machine, a G&T based tide clock and a machine to turn plastic washed up on beaches into products.
Please visit www.luneproject.com for video renderings of the project.
The project is currently in its final crowdfunding push via Kickstarter and Indiegogo and any small donations are greatly appreciated.
If you would like to contribute towards the installation you can do so here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/196586?a=981859