It’s easy to dismiss the two shiny balls installed at the recently opened Fault Line Park in East Village as yet another silly or simplistic public art project by the city of San Diego. But Christine Jones, the Commission for Arts and Culture’s new public art program manager, makes a strong case that they’re something more.
“They’re San Diego’s miniature ‘Cloud Gate,’” she said, half-jokingly, in response to me bringing up the similarities to the well-known, large-scale reflective sculpture at Millennium Park in Chicago. That iconic piece serves as the backdrop to thousands of tourists’ photos because of the cool way it warps and reflects the surrounding cityscape.
Titled “Fault Whisper,” the two stainless-steel spheres do reflect the surrounding buildings and skyscrapers in interesting ways, Jones said as we walked around one of the two sculptures. But the site-specific installation by Berkeley-based art group Living Lenses is actually a real-time fault-line monitor.
The spheres, Jones said, are positioned on opposite sides of the Rose Canyon Fault System, which runs diagonally across the park under a sidewalk marking its location. Jones walked to one of the spheres and pointed out a viewfinder through which people can peer to see the other sphere perfectly in alignment — for now anyway.
As the fault line shifts and wiggles, the other sphere will eventually move out of the sightline. So, viewing public art becomes more like a quick stint in seismology.
On the opposite side of the sphere with the viewfinder, there’s a much bigger hole linked to an accelerator installed in the fault rupture below. Monitors pick up the Earth’s movement in real-time and turn it into a subtle atmospheric sound that’s played at the sphere and online.
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An interesting topic to start, but so many quotes are just vague "endorsements" without any real detail of how "totally qualified for the position" any of these ladies were or are, or how those presumed qualifications apply?! Please do a follow up on this.
Uh, I think that entire paragraph details Christine's qualifications.
I am so pleased to have Christine taking the reins. Knowing her on a personal level, I couldn't ask for a smarter person to move this program forward. I wish her great success!
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