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Impressionist Waves

Nils Völker

And they sound like the sea! Isn’t art the best?

Thirty Three from Nils Völker on Vimeo.

Berlin-based media artist Nils Völker has a passion for cushions. Völker’s work often features pillowy sculptures with custom electronics that allow them to undulate and move like waves. “Thirty Three,” his latest solo exhibition installed in the Eglise du Vieux St-Sauveur, an 11th century church in Caen, France, is no exception.

The crinkly metallic cushions move with the tides in the harbor of Le Havre, France, the same harbor depicted in Claude Monet’s famous Impression, Sunrise. Every six hours or so, when the tide reaches its highest or lowest point, the movement of the cushions slows and restarts in the opposite direction.

Part of this year’s water-themed Festival Normandie Impressioniste, “Thirty Three” will run until September 1.

See more of how the exhibition was put together here.


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