All images by John Brown

RIPPLE

@ ATLANTA AIRPORT

BY HERB WILLIAMS

RIPPLE

@ ATLANTA AIRPORT

by Herb Williams

Finding the extraordinary in the mundane fascinates me. The wild, natural world around us is full of moments that can completely mystify if we but put down our phones and patiently breathe, listen, and watch. As I hiked through the woods recently, a white deer crossed my path. In a dull-brown monotone forest, a bright white fawn emerging made me feel as though I was witness to something almost sacred. In this series of six sculptures, Ripple, the simple act of passing through a body of water has deep and profound effects for the viewer, animals, and their smaller passengers. I am treating the black granite plinths that descend to the left of the escalator as a body of dark, cascading waterfalls. The various colors that are rippling out from the creatures reference a scientific condition that certain humans possess, but I am postulating that the Animal Kingdom uses a higher functioning system of the condition. Synesthesia is the condition of seeing a spectrum of specific colors when hearing a specific sound. In Ripple, it is implied that these colors imply an unseen language that nature uses to speak to those who are open enough to comprehend. The colors around the bases of the animals emerging from the water illustrate the challenge of navigating various disasters and changes in the climate which leave a banded watermark level as a testament to the length of the journey. For all species, the journey is sacred. Ripple explores the universal moments of that sacredness.

All images by John Brown