Week 11 – #8 Distortion


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On our walk from the pier in Halifax, we came upon these pieces of art on the waterfront.

Artists Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg have installed three disorderly, personified streetlamps on South Battery Pier, near Bishop’s Landing.  The installations—”Fountain” and the diptych “Got Drunk, Fell Down”—are part of a series entitled The Way Things Are.

The artists say they want people to be able to interact with their pieces, so the lampposts’ current location is an ideal situation. “There’s already a narrative within the work, and interaction just allows the viewer to be part of that narrative,” says Sonnenberg. On this day, the people were more interested in the helicopter flying over the river. I am not sure what it was doing but it was interacting with the tub boat below it.  I used the lampposts to frame the helicopter.

The Dali-esque fixtures are only scheduled to illuminate South Battery Pier for a year, but such large pieces are difficult to transport and Sonnenberg says she would love to find a permanent home for them somewhere in Halifax.