Water pendulum, 2010
Water pendulum makes use of dancing water illuminated by strobe lights to transform the flow of time into a sequence of seemingly frozen moments. The water’s movements are unpredictable, sometimes slow and gentle, sometimes sudden and abrubt. Eliasson’s experiments with strobe lights and water began in the 1990s with works that appeared to suspend streams of water droplets in mid-air. Inspired by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s studies of animals in motion from the nineteenth century, these works emerged from the artist’s investigations into the nature of time – into whether time is something we observe passing outside us or something intrinsic to what and where we are.
|Water, hose, pump, strobe light