From July the 21st to September 23rd, 2012 the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (Basque Country) will serve as the scene of the international contemporary art project Sense & Sustainability, curated by Alberto Sánchez Balmisa and organized by the Fundación 2012 Fundazioa.

Sense & Sustainability includes 10 site specific installations developed by 10 international artists. They have developed site specific works in very different urban, industrial and natural spaces that investigate critically not only about the Urdaibai’s physical territory and social, cultural and economic development, as well as the more traditional concepts used for the art in public spaces.

Sweden is representented by the artist Gunilla Klingberg. Below are some images form her work in combination with her words about the project  A Sign in Space.

From the art installations Sense & sustainability

A graphic star-pattern composed of truck tires is printed as a relief on the sand at Laga beach during low tide. At high tide the pattern will slowly vanish as the tide rises.

The printed pattern is made with a mechanical device, a manufactured steel-cylinder, with the graphic pattern as a matrix relief made of truck tires. The cylinder is connected to the beach cleaner tractor which drives from side to side of the beach in the morning, creating the pattern covering the whole beach area.

Following the lunar and tidal calendar, the pattern is remade again and again at all possible days at low tide. The work A Sign in Space is performed on dates when the tidal calender is synchronized with the the beach cleaners early morning working schedule- the pattern will be created on days when the low tide hour fits the labour working hours.

Art installation by Gunilla Klingberg

Gunilla Klingberg at Art & Sustainability




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  2. Full Throttle says:

    Aug 7, 2012

    So beautiful that you don’t want to walk on it!

  3. Jeremy Scott Wings says:

    Aug 8, 2012

    So beautiful that you don’t want to walk on it!

  4. Daniel Lum says:

    Aug 21, 2012

    Its amazing, that something so simple of an idea could produce such a work of art. I was wondering if anyone knew of the potential cost to produce a giant rubber roller. I have a sand tractor and would love to consider attaching that to the end of the tractor to do something similar.

  5. sam says:

    Sep 4, 2012


  6. Jeremy says:

    Nov 18, 2012

    It shows that a man-made structure does not necessarily hurt the earth.

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