Raindrop

Alistair McClymont (UK)

Alistair McClymont’s artwork is a continuing process of discovery and experimentation, ranging across a variety of materials and practices. Each piece follows the last in a continual journey of investigation into cultural and physical phenomena. Raindrop is a drop of water in freefall: inspired by a 1970s experiment by Saunders and Wong, a machine creates a vertical flow of air, shaped to capture a drop of water, allowing an audience to stand beside a falling raindrop. 

Raindrop comprises a machine built to allow a drop of water to hover in midair. Viewing this translucent, jewel-like object instils a very bodily sense of unease. Arrested in free-fall, its form mechanically maintained in a seeming repudiation of basic physics, the stationary raindrop throws us off balance, making us feel as though we were plummeting to the ground in its place.
Tom Morton

 

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