Amphibious Architecture at GASP – Tasmania
A poetic and dynamic light array over 60 metres providing information about estuarine health through dissolved oxygen levels below the surface.
Launching May 12, 2016.
Amphibious Architecture is an ambitious project blending art and science. It was prototyped by Jeremijenko’s Environmental Art Clinic, New York University and the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University, USA and first tested in the Bronx and East Rivers, New York City, 2009.
Amphibious Architecture (AA) aims to raise the profile of important issues related to the health of the Derwent Estuary and make the normally invisible, visible. It will be installed semi-permanently (up to 10 years) and will have far reaching environmental and social benefits.
Dissolved oxygen is one of the most important factors in the health of an eco-system, high levels of dissolved oxygen indicate a healthier eco system and the presence of sustained life in the Derwent river. AA helps audiences to visualise river health and water quality in real time with a tangible, visual representation of what is happening in their river.
GASP, with Jeremijenko, and the support of local partners have adapted and resolved this project over a period of 18 months for our local conditions. What has been created is a poetic and dynamic light array over 60 metres providing information about estuarine health through dissolved oxygen levels.
Visitors and community from around the world can text a special number and receive real-time analysis of the health of the river. Amphibious Architecture aims to raise the profile of important issues related to the health of the Derwent Estuary and the interdependencies in our ecosystems and make the usually invisible, visible.
We gratefully thank the Ian Potter Foundation for their significant financial investment and the generous in-kind assistance of all of our project partners in realising this project.
Jeremijenko has undertaken 5 site visits.