Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett reused discarded and broken eyeglass lenses to create a massive installation suspended over the historic facade of Pera Museum in Istanbul. The artists used 14,000 lenses to build the shimmering surface of the kinetic artwork, entitled 'Sea/See/Saw' which seems to move and flicker in the wind and sunlight.
The lenses are meant to create a surface reminiscent of the Golden Horn waterway, the primary inlet of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Most of the elements of the installation were donated by members of the artists’ community. The Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, an organization dedicated to helping vision-impaired people around the globe, also contributed a significant number of eyeglasses.
The lenses are animated by wind and flicker in the sunlight, generating the appearance of a huge energy orb that can be seen from great distances. The installation is meant to alter our perception of history and art by figuratively exploring the way we see.
‘Sea/See/Saw’ is a static structure that becomes kinetic through the introduction of chaotic movement of the lenses. Wind moves the individual pieces and creates pixilated ripples across the face of the building, as drawn by the wind.
Via Art Report