Sophia Collier's avatar Sophia Collier

GRAND is a 22-foot sculptural portrait of the Grand River after midnight. The work is comprised of three acrylic blocks carved into a realistic section of the river. To create the surface of GRAND I developed a software model of wind and current in the Grand Rapids' area and incorporated patterns of sound waves from the region. The sounds came from various sources, including my own on-site recordings, oral histories and music, as well as those provided by the public. The work itself, while using sound in its design, is silent, reflecting the stillness of deep night when dreaming and rest are resolving all that has occurred, yet like breath the water of the river is flowing. When I started making this art it was because I was inspired to pick up a piece of water and keep it forever. Like waves, sound also exists for a moment and then passes away. It is intriguing to me to create a method to make sound a solid form by carving its patterns as water waves.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4 feet
  • Medium: Carved Acrylic
  • Width: 22 feet
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: variable