Tracks was part of a group show with 6 Auckland artists curated by Jaenine Parkinson and Megan Wraight. The idea being to create public art interventions throughout Wynyard Quarter spanning a period of 6 months.
Washi Masking Tape - Dimensions 150M x 6M
Tidelines - Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Waterfront 3 - 25 March 2015
Photo - Meek Zuiderwyk
Tidelines - V Herber - Tracks - March 2015
The temporary installation for Tidelines is the repetition of a simple formula: Five visitors to Wynard Quarter will be surreptitiously followed as they as they walk around North Wharf, making their way over and along the exposed train tracks that run from Silo Park past the Viaduct Events Centre. Each of their steps is then transcribed into a unique patterned sequence using Washi masking tape. Every footstep they take is traced, leaving a trail of shapes that map their interaction with the site.
The installation process will be very immediate but the tape lines will last on the ground for many weeks. The participants’ meandering routes will give a playful randomness and a paced rhythm to the formation of patterned lines on the ground.
Tracks temporarily picks out a small sample of the many multitudes of footsteps that have fallen along the historic wharf over time. The work will create a tangible contrast between the permanence of the old metal railway tracks and the ephemeral passing of people over them.
The installation aims to prompt everyone, from tourists to workers to local residents, to become more physically aware of their movements within these surroundings. As each individual step is highlighted the movement of human bodies becomes a measure for transcribing space and the fall of footsteps on this reclaimed land becomes more visible as one of the many means of traversing the Waitemātā Harbour.