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Foto © Woessner
Foto © Woessner
Foto © Woessner
Foto © Woessner
 

simon faithfull


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earth-spin no.1: grafenegg, 2017



At the latitude of Grafenegg, the earth’s surface rotates at the speed of 1,108 kilometers per hour in space. Simon Faithfull did not just calculate this number; he also marked it out in a 50-meter stretch of ground in the castle moat, where he also installed an arrow that points east, the direction in which the earth rotates. Amidst the silence of the park, it is hard to imagine the incredible speed of the earth’s rotation. Everything appears to stand still here in the seeming naturalness of the English landscape garden. This contradiction also reveals a deeper meaning within this work, in that it exposes the human illusion of stability and permanence.
Simon Faithfull understands the planet Earth as a sculptural object, and he is committed to exploring its limits in different media in collaboration with scientists and technicians. For another work called 0°00 Navigation, Faithfull walked, climbed, and swam through Great Britain, from the English Channel to the North Sea, without straying from the prime meridian, the reference point for all meridians. Faithfull also translates complex philosophical reflections about human delusions into simple forms. For example, in his temporary intervention Shy Dance-Floor, he installed a flashing disco floor with lights pulsing to an inaudible rhythm inside a pedestrian underpass. Whenever someone approached the dancefloor, which was lit from below, the lights would disappear, making them wonder if they had just seen a mirage.
(Cornelia Offergeld, Translation: Michelle Miles)


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