En(compass) was an ephemeral site-specific installation created at Thomas Cove, on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia 19 July 2014.

The work consisted of 13 small sculptures, each roughly 18 – 24 inches in diameter, crafted by hand out of willow twigs tied with jute twine. Each sculpture functioned as a compass rose which showed the cardinal points and their intermediate directions.

The compasses were placed in tidal pools on the wave-cut sandstone platform on the shore at Thomas Cove, and allowed to float in those containers until the incoming tide lifted them out of the pools and swept them away.

 

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A short time lapse sequence of the tide’s work on the installation: