William Pye Water Scupture


One of eight works in The Serpent Garden at Alnwick Castle. A meniscus refers to the thickness or depth of a membrane of uncontained water and can be observed here as it moves from a horizontal to a vertical plane.

Three distinct and contrasting states are contained within one sculpture. The flat and apparently still reflecting top surface moves imperceptibly from the horizontal into a vertical film. This is then divided into a multitude of falling threads by 90 plates fixed around the hem of the sculpture, the detail reminiscent of a Venetian facade. In order to achieve an even flow clearly the edge of the perimeter weir has to be precisely levelled. See the video here

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