Acies M

Acies M, 2018, Acrylic, wood, steel, aluminum, rubber & acrylic paint, 1,224” x 12” x 36”, Thane Lund

Auto Body is pleased to present an outdoor sculpture installation by Thane Lund on Academy Lane extension in Bellport, NY. The installation opens July 28, 2018 and will run through September 8, 2018. The opening reception will include a musical component, a score by Josh Chang. Acies M is a scaled model representing 1000 miles of the ocean floor: a linear structure that gives scale to the distances beyond the horizon and the contours of ocean depths. The sculpture sits perpendicular to the shoreline and serves as an extension from the shore 1000 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. As the beachfront can be a familiar place for recreation and relaxation it also beckons the imagination further from the shore to terrain that is hidden from view and veiled in darkness. Denoted by the Latin word Acies and the Roman numeral M for 1000, the sculpture is based on a unit of measure that is both small enough to be comprehended by experience but also large enough to suggest a relationship to global scale. Through this form of modern geomancy the sculpture functions as an instrument of human perception to measure the world in a tangible size. Largely vacant of human landmarks, the ocean conjures a timelessness like no other in its primordial stew. Like similar barrier islands, Fire Island holds a record of the fluctuations that occur at this threshold of land and sea. The minutiae of subtle daily changes are rivaled by the effects of turbulent storms and serve as a reminder that in time everything is ephemera. While it stands, the sculpture constructs a pathway of the mind and gives a name to this corridor of seafloor; yet, by the tides of time, it too will vanish into memory.
“And therefore providence hath arched and paved the great house of the world, with colours of mediocrity, that is, blue and green, above and below the sight, moderately terminating the acies of the eye.” — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus 1658.

Photography by Genevieve Garruppo