Iceberg to appear on city museum
An iceberg named Ernest will appear in central Auckland this weekend.
Exhibition Antarctica: while you were sleeping will feature a replica of an Antarctic iceberg projected onto the outside walls of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. A world first, the installation could be described as a collision of nature and architecture and will even contain sound effects of the ice cracking and creaking. The project was four years in the making and is the brainchild of Joseph Michael, a visual artist and photographer. The footage was captured in a month-long expedition Joseph made to Antarctica in 2015 where an iceberg named Ernest was identified as being a perfect match for the walls of the museum. ‘‘Ernest just seemed to feel right for the Auckland War Memorial Museum,’’ Michael said. ‘‘I tend to just trust these kind of instincts and roll with it.’’
He said recreating the natural feature involved the equivalent resources and time needed to create eight feature films that all sync together. The moving imagery completely covers the outside surface of the Auckland War Memorial building and involves 22 projectors along with a musical composition by Rhian Sheehan.
Antarctica: while you were sleeping runs as a 45 minute loop on March 24, 25 and 26 from 8.30pm to 11pm.
Visual artist and photographer Joseph Michael says something about the iceberg felt fitting for the Auckland Museum.