20 Nov 2017

Witness a spectacular large-scale projection by artists Heinrich and Palmer this December

Incredible installation explores Hull’s relationship with the sea.

Floe, a stunning new projection, sound and light event created by acclaimed UK artists Heinrich and Palmer, will show for three nights from Friday 8 December to Sunday 10 December at Hull’s iconic aquarium, The Deep.  

Floe will (virtually) remodel the architecture and façade of The Deep and will be the final commission in Hull 2017’s Look Up programme of artworks in the public realm. 

The extraordinary new projection will explore the nature and inspiration behind The Deep, from its unique design and structure, to its position today as major visitor attraction and international conservation and research charity. Using a mash up of film, modelling, mapping and projection, Heinrich and Palmer explore the material, form and surface qualities of The Deep. The projections will chart the geological and biological processes which inspired the building and the rich aquatic life and environments within it’s walls. 

Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer are two UK based artists who have worked in collaboration since 1991. Their artworks range from photographic and light installations to large scale projection events and public art interventions. This latest commission transforms The Deep, creating new identities and hinting at ancient associations, linking to Hull’s historical and modern relationship with the sea. Inspiration and content has also been taken from geological and tectonic processes, ice and rock, marine life and landscapes.  

With Floe we have set out to ‘virtually’ and remodel the architectural façade of The Deep. We want to create a sense of drama and depth using projection, light and sound reflecting the environment within and the geological associations underpinning The Deep’s design. 

Since The Deep opened in 2002 it has become synonymous with Hull. Sir Terry Farrell and Partners created a dramatic architectural statement sited at the joining of the River Hull and the Humber estuary. Floe responds to the architect’s vision of an expressive building.  

Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer said: “With Floe we have set out to ‘virtually’ reshape the architectural façade of The Deep. We want to create a sense of drama and depth using projection, light and sound reflecting the environment within and the geological associations underpinning The Deep’s design.” 

Floe is the fourth joint commission between Hull 2017 and The Deep, including three Look Up installations and the curious directive production Frogman.     

The projection takes place during Substance, 10 days of music, art installations, performance and provocations, celebrating Hull’s year in the spotlight, exploring the culture, creativity and the future of the North. This includes two other installations around the city, Jason Bruges Studio’s Where Do We Go From Here? and Marshmallow Feast’s A Colossal Wave! 

The public will be able to see Floe from the opposite side of the River Hull, by the C4DI building, from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 December. It will be presented between 6pm – 10pm each evening and is free to view. There is no need to book and visitors can come back to view the work as many times as they like.  


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