Pak Sheung Chuen,
Measuring the Size of the Sea Location of the Collection: Ottendorfer Branch Public Library. 135 Second Avenue, East Village, New York. Closed on Sunday, 2008, 2008
Diptych of C-prints
Dimensions: 120 x 90 cm / 80 x 60 cm unframed
Edition of 3
For this piece, I spent a few days in a library and looked at all of its volumes in order to measure the size of the sea it stores: When I came upon a book with a full page image of the sea on the cover or inner page, I would borrow that book. I then joined every image with the sea level of the books until i formed the shape of a sea.The concept of this artwork comes from our concept on the unity of the sea. When we look at the sea, we can never see its end and no matter from where we look at it, it generally looks all the same. This artwork was executed at the Ottendorfer Branch Public Library, NewYork, which has approximately 6,000 books in its collection, 68 of them have a full page image of a sea, and 56 of those images are on the cover.
Pak Sheung Chuen