Water is fascinating. Essential, indeed, yet compelling in how it moves and how we humans interact with it. Artists, therefore, can never conjure enough means to display water, but each attempt is mind-boggling.
Recently, Design You Trust, a digital media company, installed a massive anamorphic illusion entitled “Wave” above a South Korean urban area. Spanning 80.1 x 20.1 meters, the display appears to be an aquarium with water sloshing repeatedly against its “sides”.
Staring at it for any length of time may make some people queasy. But, in the midst of the current political and health crises rampaging across the globe, I feel it invokes a sense of calm and humility; akin to waves crash against a shoreline, rain falling gently in the night, or a river tumbling over rocks. You know – water.