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The World Below The Brine

We are thrilled to announce our public art project at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront has had its debut! Stay tuned for permanent power to be connected and the lights to be on in the evenings starting in February 2019.

A little bit about the project…

Our team of dreamers connected with WPA of Norfolk and Rhiza A+D of Portland Oregon to submit the winning proposal for a temporary installation near the new Pepe Gaka mural at Rudee Loop. 

Drawing inspiration from the vivid Walt Whitman poem of the same name, “World Below the Brine” simulates the ever-changing landscape above and below the water’s surface. A canopy that captures wind and sunlight will translate both into a captivating "play of light through the water." A tall framework anchored by concrete benches will support a grid of 200 paddles with cast glass counterweights that undulate with the ocean breeze.

During the day, visitors walk below the piece and be covered in moving diffused light and shadow. At night it will be illuminated with LED lighting that will respond to the movements of visitors, creating the visual of a floating anemone visible to passers-by from Atlantic Avenue and the nearby Rudee Inlet Bridge.

Our Cake Team members all lent a variety of skills to the operation. Thom White of WPA led the design and build team. Cristina Fletcher of Visionscapes Land Design headed up the sitework, focusing on landscaping and foundation.

 Jeremiah Sheffield and his team from Vaughn Enterprise Corp contributed considerable on-site installation expertise. Jen Detlefsen fabricated the cast glass counterweights at the Chrysler Museum of Art's Perry Glass Studio, and Beau Turner of the 757 Makerspace programmed interactivity into the piece while also providing us with facility support at the Dream Factory community building space. This project is made all the more special by the fact that AP Art students from City of Virginia Beach Public Schools lent a hand in the construction of the piece.

We’re so excited "The Brine" is open for all to enjoy!

Tag us in your Brine experience: #thebrinevb