Vertigoes, a large-scale installation by Nate Green and Owen Schoppe adapts forms from toys, games, and amusement rides to create an interactive and kinetic environment where sculpture fosters group engagement and interaction. Spanning two rooms, Vertigoes contains two interrelated sculptures – a carousel and a group of vertically over-lapped teeter-totters surrounded by 75 music boxes attached to the windows of the gallery. Through physical interaction with the sculpture’s mechanical and analog systems audience members will initiate the movement, displays of light and elements of sound, bringing forth the artists’ vision for Vertigoes. Acceptance of this invitation to engage in events occurring within the sculpture results in mesmerizing and disorienting effects.
From the artist’s statement – Magic can be made with the simplest of things – balls, blocks, jump ropes, and hula-hoops. Once animated through the imagination, such inert objects become mysterious and miraculous. They are the nucleus of our play, influencing how we interact with one another through their design.