Contemporary Design

Bodies of Water, Amedeo Martines

Bodies of Water, Amedeo Martines

The only visible thing that the ocean gives to us is nothing but its surface. Its appearance, that seems so evident, is actually something incredibly mutating, changing according to millions of variables and conditions. No water composes the surface of the ocean, but a fluid mixture, that with air gives birth to this special interface. According to scientific discoveries, many of the chemical reactions responsible for the balance of the atmosphere happen on this precious layer.

In another perspective, the surface of the ocean has experienced billion years before our time in the evolution of the earth and so it might be considered a database of all our cultures, uses and costumes. 

We have represented it in various ways, with symbols and artworks and still today it incredibly stimulates our curiosity, investigations and thoughts. 

The Kristineberg Marine Research Station was the main catalyst of my research and prompted me to investigate the ocean and especially its surface as a phenomenon.

I came up with this online platform where it is possible "to go to" the sea as if you were on holiday.

Letting it inspire you, feeling its waving and pulsating rhythms, under always changing conditions that differ from our know world.

Oceans... Oceans... Oceans... Oceans as far as the eye can see.

Ganondorf, The Wind Waker

We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident – as the rock and ocean that we were made from.

Robinson Jeffers, "Carmel Point," in The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

To me the Pacific Ocean appears like the hugest, most impressive and unique animal I know, a kind of hyper-animal.

Wolfgang Welsh, Reflecting the Pacific, p.3

Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Seascapes
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