A Single Drop
by Michael Brown
A single drop of water drips out of brass
tubes onto a water platform. The spot light creates beautiful shadows on
the back wall. Visitors are encouraged to recline on a carpeted platform
to gaze up into the ever-changing patterns.
Dimensions: 48" x 108"
This piece evolved from two different experiences I had while visiting
friends. One occurred in a Redwood Forest up in Northern California. It
had just finished raining and the sun was starting to break through the
clouds. Through a clear glass skylight in the roof of a friends cabin,
I saw drops of water falling from branches of a very tall redwood tree.
The sunlight glistened in the drop as it fell. It was so high up it seemed
to fall forever. I was mesmerized by these simple falling drops. I experimented
by positioning my head so the drop would fall directly towards my eye.
I blinked every time-a natural reflex. The second part I call the "L.A.
pool effect". Dancing patterns of light reflected from the rippling
waves of a swimming pool. The patterns seem so complex and chaotic, yet
there is order within the waves that emerge and repeat. Stare long enough
and your mind will discover these complex relationships within the waves.
For this show I wanted to create a simple, relaxing and medative space
to allow for a chance to get lost in the chaos.