He’e nalu

He’e nalu
25 May - 16 Jun 18:00 - 23:00
Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Unplugged: Golsana Heshmati (Iran) / Maria Dautant (Venezuela)

Jeremy Sparks (Australia) / Morgan Sheehy (Ireland) / Michael Sheehy (Ireland) / Gabriel Alvarez (Venezuela)

He’e nalu is inspired by the art of surfing and delivers to all who experience it, the joyous sensation of riding a wave. The name of this mesmeric artwork derives from the Hawaiian word for the revered art of surfing, he’e nalu, which in English translates evocatively as ‘wave sliding’.

The installation is formed by two walls of light-filled columns that create a passageway washed in changing shades of blue and orange, reflecting the colours of the ocean at different times of the day. Coastal sounds are bounced from wall to wall, creating the enclosed sense of a wave tunnel.

As visitors move through the passageway they progress along a wave of light and sound, at times it seems to travel towards them — at others it rolls away.

This artwork reminds us that waves, both visible and invisible, are everywhere in nature.

Country represented by installation: United States of America