Body work

I drew this schematic representation of the water circulation under an ice shelf from Figure 1 in the article, Peephole through the ice: the AMISOR project.

Visually representing how bottom water moves is difficult because it happens in all dimensions and on a vast scale as it moves away from Antarctica.

I built the animation, Bottom water, by beginning with a gesture.

I moved as I understand bottom water to move: falling down, heavy with salt, and then spiraling slowly outwards and upwards, towards warmer northern waters.

Can the human body convey such a vast, complex force?

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Posted on Sunday, March 29th, 2009