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355 POD

April 24 – August 25, 2019

355 Pod Space


The ice mass balance art installation by Cy Keener and Justine Holzman will visualize and record of daily sea ice thickness data from two locations in the Arctic Ocean at the VisArts 355 POD between April and August, 2019.  In March, Cy Keener will travel to the Arctic to deploy two data gathering buoys that will collect ice temperature and light color in the atmosphere, ice, and ocean below.  This data will be transmitted by satellite, and transformed into a full-scale visualization of ice thickness, color and detail at the Rockville site.  The 120-day installation period will span from peak ice thickness, through to little or no ice, chronicling the presence and absence of this precarious natural phenomena at a critical moment of environmental change.  Viewers will be able to see current ice thickness with a quick glance from the road, but closer inspection on foot will reveal added layers of information and a chance to track the path of the buoys and learn about the Arctic Ocean.

About the artist: Cy Keener is an interdisciplinary artist who uses environmental sensing and kinetic sculpture to record and represent environmental phenomena. He is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Emerging Technology at the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. Recent work includes installations that visualize rain, wind and ocean waves. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Cy has completed commissioned installations at Stanford University, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas. Over the past year, he has presented his work at ISEA in Durban South Africa, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., as well as The Nature Conservancy and The National Arts Club in New York. Cykeener.com



The 355 Pod Space is supported through a partnership between Federal Realty Investment Trust and VisArts.