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.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.


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