Inigo Manglano Ovalle Drift


Title: Drift

Medium:  Marble and steel

Location:  South Pointe Park, 1 South Pointe Drive

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle currently lives in Chicago. He completed his M.F.A. degree in sculpture from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Manglano-Ovalle investigates diverse subjects such as technology, climate, immigration and the global impact of social, political, environmental, and scientific systems. He has received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship (2001), the Media Arts Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts (1997), and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship (1995).  In 2007 Manglano-Ovalle presented a new work at Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007).

The “Drift” is a large-scale sculpture for the West Palm Lawns at South Point Park and is an elegant reproduction of an artic iceberg based on scientific data of an actual phenomenon, sculpted in gleaming white marble with steel interior structure. The topographical data on the iceberg was created by the Canadian Hydraulics Center, of the Canadian National Research Council. The Canadian Hydraulic Center is the only scientific group to scan iceberg topography both above and below the ocean surface.

The size and scale of the proposed sculpture is determined by the site, large enough to be visible from a distance, but intimate enough to generate individual contemplation. The sheared wall of the sculpture faces southwest so that the light from the sunset over Biscayne Bay rakes its face. It is intended that the viewer understands the work as phenomena in its right. The viewer experiences the sculpture from the smooth backside first, the subtle waterline giving the optical illusion of the tilt. As the viewer tries to comprehend the sculpture and walks around it, they physically experience the sheared wall looming over them. The viewer can imagine the iceberg adrift in the currents of the Atlantic Ocean, being pushed by the wind into Government Cut and finally coming to rest on the shore of Biscayne Bay in South Pointe Park. The artwork is intended to coexist as architecture, art and landscape.