Espejismo: Spain

When I was invited to Belalcazar for a month long residency, I began researching the landscape. Being an avid surfer, I quickly realized I would be in the hot desert sans water for quite some time. Prior to leaving, I had a beautiful sunset surf in the coast of Bolinas. As I watch the sun melt into the water, creating abstracted orange and fire red lines on the horizon, I knew the image would haunt me in the desert. I chose to steal and recreate that memory as a mirage. Creating linear aluminum steel cut outs and placing them on a deserted highway on the outskirts of town, I embarked on bringing the ocean to the desert. As the sun set, along with the heat from the tarmac, a mirage of water was formed. Passers by noted and exclaimed how they thought it was water as they approached the installation.