In order to document how The Wave significantly impacts public discourse on water and the way in which it succeeds in bringing communities together on a topic of local, national and international importance, the artists hired videographer, Nild Sansone of LastingImage.com to film the project in action at The Willimantic (CT) Public Library. The Wave at The Willimantic Public Library was one of four installations in public libraries throughout CT in partnership with The Connecticut Library Consortium and as part of an Arts Catalyze Placemaking Grant Project, from The CT Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development. The libraries included The Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT, The New Haven Free Public Library, The New London Public Library and The Willimantic Public Library. The artists were very impressed with the thoughtful responses to their questions about water issues and personal connections to water that they received from the hundreds of participants who ‘flooded’ the library on an afternoon/evening in June of 2014.
The Nocturnal Wave installation is an offshoot of The Wave Project. It is a multi-sensory experience that calls to mind a walk at night along the beach, enhanced by excerpts of music that were created by composers who were themselves inspired by the theme of water; by sounds of the sea and sea environment; and by flashes of light illuminating the way.
The Nocturnal Wave is comprised of pieces of polycarbonate film cut into wave-like shapes, strung onto multiple strands of parachute cord and hung throughout the darkened installation site at heights from 5′ – 12′ in intersecting configurations.
Visitors entering the site step at random on individual buttons placed throughout the space that activate a specific piece of music relating to water (excerpts from Claude Debussy, Philip Glass and Eric Satie) or a sound (crashing waves, thunder, the call of a seagull, a fog horn) that is typically heard along the ocean’s shore. Each button also activates a light directed onto a specific area of The Nocturnal Wave. When multiple buttons are activated by many visitors at the same time, the space is filled with both a cacophony of music and sounds and multiple flashes of light reminiscent of lighthouse beacons or lightning. In addition, as visitors press against the strands of polycarbonate pieces on their way through the installation site, they also activate the wave-like noises that the polycarbonate material naturally makes when it is moving.
The Nocturnal Wave was installed at The Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City from November 28, 2012 – December 23, 2012.
The Wave installation at the New Haven Free Public Library in New Haven, CT was featured on WFSB-TV on May, 27, 2014. The New Haven installation and three companion installations in the Stamford, CT, Willimantic, CT and New London, CT libraries, was funded by a 2014 Art Catalyze Placemaking Grant awarded by the CT Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development.