Project Description

Title: A Matter of Life and Deaths
Date: 2010
Media: Water, polycarbonate, steel, electronic equipment, data connection.
Location: Tate Modern, London | Aicon Gallery, London

The sculpture A Matter of Life and Death comprises a pair of transparent polycarbonate spheres each containing a spinning water vortex. The speed, height and rotation of each vortex is governed live by data from the United Nations population clock. One vortex reacting live to the births in the world and the other to the deaths in the world. The work is a poetic display of humankind’s life and death on this planet. They highlight how our world has changed and become a global society through new technologies.

The work was exhibited at Tate Modern, London as part of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2013.