World Below the Brine New Public Art Installation at Rudee Loop
A new placemaking art installation has shown up at the Oceanfront's Rudee Loop, and it's the kid of thing Instagrammers love, so be prepared to see it all over your feed. Or, go check it out yourself and become immersed in the interactive "World Below the Brine" that transforms with the wind, the sun and your own movements.
Local architecture firm Work Program Architects (WPA) in partnership with Piece of Cake Productions and Rhiza A+D of Portland, Oregon submitted the winning design for the installation based on a national call from the City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs. The challenge was to create an exciting interactive piece that transforms an empty lot into a new vibrant meeting place for the community.
Drawing inspiration from the vivid Walt Whitman poem of the same name, “World Below the Brine” simulates the ever-changing landscape above and below the water’s surface. A canopy that captures wind and sunlight will translate both into a captivating "play of light through the water." A tall framework anchored by concrete benches will support a grid of 200 wind paddles with sand cast glass counterweights that undulate with the ocean breeze. During the day, visitors walk below the piece and be covered in moving diffused light and shadow. At night it is illuminated with LED lighting that respond to the movements of visitors, creating the visual of a floating anemone visible to passers-by from Atlantic Avenue and the nearby Rudee Inlet Bridge.
“Placemaking is very important to our team and we are thrilled to be able to contribute to the vibrancy in and around Rudee Loop,” explained Thom White of WPA and head of the design build team. “The sculpture has been an amazing collaboration between our team of designers, artists, makers, fabricators, students, and the City of Virginia Beach, and we can’t wait to share it with the community and visitors to the Oceanfront.”