Cheryl dos Remédios
Daily Migration marks the boundaries of a city located between two metropolises.
Prior to designing the artwork, dos Remedios carefully studied the artwork location. Riding the train, she used video to help her calculate viewing speed and angle, and she discovered that ten feet of landscape passed by in .0433 seconds. Applying the principles of flip-books, she created a series of sculptures that are animated by the motion of the train. In the morning, as commuters travel to work, the sculptures appear from the far tracks as a flock of birds. In the evenings, as commuters travel home, they can see a single bird jump and fly on the closest rail. The changing appearance of Daily Migration reflects the process of commuting: we travel to become part of a working group, and then we return home to our individual lives.A tip about viewing this artwork: When the train is headed south, sit on the west side and stare straight out the window from the 2nd or 3rd level. You may have to practice a few times to know exactly when the birds will appear and how far they are from the tracks.
"Daily Migration" is a series of sculptures at the north and south borders of Kent that serve as gateway elements.