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The Flooded Mirror and Silt Line

Artists: The Flooded Mirror: Rachel Shearer (New Zealand), Silt Line: Rachel Shearer and Hillery Taylor, 2011

Location: Wynyard Quarter

Materials: cast concrete, tidal steps and sound installation

Silt Line, which sits in the stair risers at Karanga Plaza, is a graphic representation of the clusters of frequencies that make up the compelling sound installation The Flooded Mirror.

The Flooded Mirror operates on a six hour, ten minute loop in time with the ebb and flow of the tide. In developing the sound component of this work, artist Rachel Shearer was inspired by mineral structure as a metaphor for processes that affect land formation, geological strata, culture and communities.

Shearer has described the work as "an aural map of … ancient general histories and specific recent histories".