An installation drawn from Maurice Harron’s iconic public sculpture ‘Hands across the Divide’, symbolising the division between Catholic and Protestant in the doubly named City of Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland. 'The Shake' reflects on those hands frozen in an unfinished greeting, almost meeting, but never really joining, and - even more importantly - the consistent gap between them. The four-part installation creates a literal bridge between two landmasses, histories and ideologies.
Captured by a high precision three-dimensional laser camera, the unresolvable space and the absence it creates are translated into a 3D print, and then cast into a ceramic form, transforming a negative space into palpable mass.
11 by-products of the 360 scanning process: peripheral background data pulling the city, the street and the strand into the installation. The stuttered movements of passerbys, fabric blowing in the wind, scaffolding and bricks are laid over the still but distorted sculpture, emerging vortex-like from the central absence between the hands. The monument represents the solid stillness of history and its memory, while the present remains elusive and difficult to capture.
The gap that is now the join and it floats across and above the city. Glass and digital, it warps and distorts two seperate views of the city with the lazy bounce of an endless screensaver.