Michele Oka Doner
"Forces of Nature:Trade Winds & Ocean Currents"
3,000 sq. ft.
Port Everglades -Atrium
Watch Forces of Nature documentary video created by Sami Khan
The composition of the beautiful deep green and blue terrazzo in the floor consists of two arenas of focus. In the wider section is an 8-foot diameter globe in cast bronze depicting a spinning manner. The globe is energized with crisscrossed longitudinal and latitudinal lines. Enhancing the movement are great sweeps of iridescent mother-of-pearl simulating the trade winds that circle the earth. The mother-of-pearl aggregates vary in color - white to pink and silver, scale and proportion, adding a kind of cosmic delight.
In the narrower portion of the floor ocean currents pick up the sense of motion begun by the spinning globe, carried by the winds, and resulting in a wave-like pattern. Consecutive wavy lines, executed with aggregate, delineates a new region, approximately 25 feet in dimension. This area contains the seedbed of approximately 225 units depicted in cast bronze. The forms were drawn from actual seeds from the multitude that are known to drift far and wide in the currents. The “seeds” vary in scale from 6-20 inches and reveal textures, patterns, and shapes of exceptional variety.
The composition speaks of travel by wind, currents, and ultimately boarding the ship.
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