Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Big Dig To The Other Side Of The Earth

There is an anecdotal belief that if you dig a hole deep enough, you’d eventually reach China. In Big Trumpet Garden, Martin Cano with Topotek 1, plays with this idea of “digging to China.” He says: “In my childhood, I have been told by adults that if I kept on digging a hole in the earth, I would finally get to China. What a crazy and wonderful idea. I cannot help [but realize] my childhood dream in Xi’an International Horticultural Expo: to dig a mysterious hole in the ground, through which everyone can travel to the other side of the world.”

Berlin-based landscape architecture firm Topotek1 presented a whimsical installation, The Big Dig, for the 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Exposition. The installation is an enormous hole in the ground that was ‘dug’. From its edge, you can hear sounds from Sweden, Argentina, the United States and Germany.

“Cows from the pampas of Argentina, commuters rushing among transit through New York City, the maritime life of Stockholm, and layers of history so audible among the streets of Berlin” can be heard from the simulated audio connection of The Big Dig. The sounds tap into the imaginations of viewers and make them feel as if they could travel to another place in the world, other than China, through that hole

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1 comment:

  1. umm, is this a joke or real, and if its real how deep is it?


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