Harrow, England born 1950
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching, printed in black ink, from one plate; hand-coloured Support: white wove paper
Edition State: published state
Edition: edition of 25
Since 1982, when it was installed in the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden, Foggy wake in a desert: An ecosphere has thrilled and surprised visitors. Fondly known as ‘the fog sculpture’, Fujiko Nakaya’s work is a welcome encounter on a hot day—from noon to 2 pm daily, 900 nozzles and a pump create a fine mist of water that wafts across the pond, circulating through the surrounding vegetation and creating a self-sustaining ecosphere in Canberra’s harsh conditions. The humidity of the fog reactivates the natural environment, contributing to the vital plant life surrounding it.
Nakaya has created fog sculptures around the world since 1970. Her environmental works invite audiences to interact with them: she believes beauty exists within the relationship between nature and people. Her fog sculptures developed from a 1970 art and science project, Record of changes: Origins of the desert. Conducted in collaboration with Kyoto University, this project aimed to observe the impact of generating a one square-kilometre expanse of fog in a desert and recording the climatic and ecological changes over a period of 10 years. In Sydney, when installed as part of the 1976 Biennale of Sydney, the fog sculpture was titled Earth talk or Foggy sculpture, the number being the code for the nearest weather station. Relocated within the National Gallery Sculpture Garden, to a site designed to the artist’s specifications, the work received a new number.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2014
From: Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2014