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.

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