eben goff submerges flood cubes in debris-filled waterways eben goff submerges flood cubes in debris-filled waterways
oct 30, 2013

eben goff submerges flood cubes in debris-filled waterways


eben goff submerges flood cubes in debris-filled waterways
all images courtesy of eben goff

 

 

 

the ‘flood cubes’ of american artist eben goff expose, through the sculptural medium, the detritus-filled waterways of california. three-dimensional steel volumes were built and bolted to a concrete bed on the base of ballona creek in southwestern los angeles county. submerged beneath the choppy seas for one week, the constructions caught hold of floating matter that passed by. plastic bags, caution tape, and other various forms of discarded trash accumulated heavily around the metallic poles, wrapping the entire forms in new matter. following the completion of the underwater component of the project, the sculptures were unfastened from their constraints and exhibited in galleries in california. the original abstract cubes are given new purpose through their interaction with the natural environment.

 

 


the ‘flood cube’ collects passing debris

 

 


a mass of debris wrapped around the metallic poles

 

 


underwater plant life and garbage formed on the surface of the steel volume

 

 


a flood cube semi-submerged in the rushing waterway

 

 


an image of the cube following its retrieval from the creek

 

 


‘even gravity has its ups & downs’
arena1 gallery, 2012

 

 


‘neonatural’
steve turner contemporary, 2012

 

 


the sculpture installed in a gallery

  • This is a simple but great way of showing us the debris that goes down the river to the sea.
    I wondered what the heck this was going to be about and then I saw what the intention was and what the result was.
    I hope, but don’t expect, this work to be communicated to the greater Los Angeles community.
    We ignore the river because it has been channeled into a concrete culvert since early in the last century when it covered the surrounding community in a horrendous flood of 15 feet deep.
    It really should be no surprise that we basically think of the river as a part of the flood control system.

    Ron Smith says:

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