Beaufort in Glass (2021)

Beaufort in Glass (2021)
13 etched glass panels edged in leadlight on galvanised wire rope cable
4500mm x 500mm
$5,900

Those who work at sea use the Beaufort Scale daily as an aid to safety. The scale puts observable effects of wind on the sea into numbers 0 to 12, so mariners can communicate conditions quickly and clearly. Using the distinctive shape of maritime signal flags, Beaufort in Glass makes Beaufort’s weather descriptions into a kind of poem with continually raising stakes. Its glass surface suggests a delicately balanced, fragile climate and reminds of the lives that rely upon it.

00 SEA LIKE A MIRROR

01 RIPPLES LIKE SCALES

02 GLASSY CRESTS NOT BREAKING

03 SCATTERED WHITE HORSES

04 FREQUENT WHITE HORSES

05 MANY WHITE HORSES

06 LARGE WAVES FORM

07 FOAM STREAKS ALONG THE WIND

08 EDGES OF CRESTS BREAK

09 SEA ROLLING

10 SEA WHITE

11 WAVES HIDE SMALL SHIPS

12 AIR FILLED WITH DRIVING SPRAY

First shown in Koru on Devon Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth, May 2021

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