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Endless Rain

Richard Humann

Endless Rain
Mixed media
50 x 768 x 144 in
127 x 1,951 x 366 cm
2012

“Endless Rain” by Richard Humann

“Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup”

—John Lennon (Across the Universe)

Each year over 130,000 flights take off and land in South Korea. The world is truly a smaller place, in that people are traveling at an unprecedented rate further and with more frequency than ever before. South Korea is both a macrocosm and a microcosm of this phenomenon. More people are traveling to and from Korea than ever in its history. The concept of “Endless Rain” is instead of rain falling from the clouds in the sky, it touches down, or falls from the planes that land every day throughout the country. Planes travel across the world, much like the clouds do. They cross all continents, countries, oceans and seas and dropdown on far away locations. Clouds gather moisture and are formed from many sources of water, and later drop that water back also on locations far, far away.

Hundreds of plastic bottles will be sent from people in countries from all over the world. By having the water taken from many local sources throughout the world and hipped to South Korea, specifically Ulsan City, helps to demonstrate that we are in fact a very small world that shares our natural resource of water. Polluted water in one city spreads to many cities, and then to many countries, and then to everywhere. The world needs clean water to survive.

By having the water taken from many local sources throughout the world shipped to South Korea, specifically Ulsan City helps to demonstrate that we are in fact a very small world that shares our natural resource of water. Polluted water in one city spreads to many cities, and then to many countries, and then to everywhere. The world needs clean water to survive.

The dichotomous side of the piece though, is that much technology and industry is applied to get the water to Ulsan City. Plastic manufacturers create the bottles, trucks carry them to and from the airport, and planes carry them back and forth to many countries. It is somewhere in the middle of this equation that we must look to balance industry and nature or growth and conservation. Once all the bottles of water are placed on the pedestal at the exhibition site, it will create a river of fresh water. Not a river of just Ulsan City, but a river of the entire world.

 

Photography: Koh Myung Jin

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Richard Humann • Endless Rain • Mixed media • 50″ x 768″ x 144″ • 2012

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Richard Humann • Endless Rain • Mixed media • 50″ x 768″ x 144″ • 2012

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Richard Humann • Endless Rain • Mixed media • 50″ x 768″ x 144″ • 2012

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