Golden Rain was a project I made for “On the Edge” at the Eigeroya lighthouse in Egersund, Norway that was organized by Hå Gamle Prestegard as part of Stavanger 2008. They invited 6 artist to make projects in 6 lighthouses, this was mine. When I was asked to make an installation at Egersund I thought of the classical tale of Danae and Zeus and wanted to link the past with the present, the origin of western culture with a site already deep with its own myths and the erotic realm of today. I had 100 mirrored golden vessels made to my design, which were then suspended down the centre of the tower. Each vessel, shaped like a raindrop or tear, was sealed at the top by a cork. Inside the vessels are 100 texts, images, drawings, photographs, objects or ideas sent to me by other artists and authors. I asked them to think about what they would write, draw or mark on a sheet of paper (up to A4 size), if they too were locked in such a tower and had only a bottle as a means of discourse with the outside world, if they were on the edge, what would they place in the golden bottle? Each response has been documented so that its contents can be seen in the accompanying catalogue to the project, and has now been permanently sealed in one of the bottles.
Danae (the Greek for parched) was the daughter of the King of Argos. He had been warned by an oracle that a grandson would kill him, so had her locked in a bronze tower. Zeus the king of the gods, looking down on her with lusty intensions came to her as a golden shower and thus she was with child, Perseus.
The King fearing to kill the child of a god, locked his daughter and the child in a wooden chest and threw them into the sea to drown. Zeus instructed Poseidon the god of the seas to save them. Perseus grew to be the first mythic hero, killing the Medusa, the Gorgon and in a sporting accident, an old man, who turned out to be his grandfather the King.
Viel Bjerkeset Andersen, Wendy Anderson, Sue Arrowsmith, Halldór Ásgeirsson, Per Barclay, Travis Barker, Phyllida Barlow, Jan Kjetil Bjørheim, Amelia Black, Eliza Bonham Carter, Per Christian Brown, Sophie Buxton, Simon Callery, Gloria Carlos, Mara Castilho, Lia Chavez, Maria Chevska, Alain Chiaradia, Judith Cowan, AnneMarie Creamer, Elizabeth Croft, Mikey Cuddihy, Matthew Dalziel + Louise Scullion, Ian Davenport, Deb A. Davis, Angela de la Cruz, Richard Dyer, Roberto Ekholm, Simon English, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Jens Erland, Karen Erland, Nick Fox, Michael Gabriel, Jon Gershon, Sunil Gupta, Martin Gustavsson, Wendy Hanson, Anthony Harris, William Hartman, Joseph Havel, Denise Hawrysio, David Hutchinson, Giedymin Jablonski, Terrell James, Nathan Slate Joseph, Juliane Jung, Hosook Kang, Habib Kheradyar, Jukka Korkeila, Laura Lark, Darryl Lauster, Matts Leiderstam, Micah Lexier, Marcella Giulia Lorenzi, Julia Manheim, Stuart Mayes, Rosemarie McGoldrick, Wojciech Mokwinski, Lisa Morgan, Simon Morley, Bryan Mulvihill, Piotr Nathan, Terry New, Frode Gundorf Nielsen, Monika Oechsler, Uriel Orlow, Kjell Pahr-Iversen, Predrag Pajdic, Fabian Peake, Ruudt Peters, Jacqui Poncelet, Karen Pontoppidan, Daniel Rees, Liam Reeves, Pipilotti Rist, Chad Sager, Maya Schindler, Eric Schnell, Rebecca Scott, Berni Searle, Fin Serck-Hanssen, Caroline Smith, Kate Smith, Rob Smith, Terry Smith, Bente SommerfeldtColberg, Daniel Sturgis, Adéla Svobodová, Hege Tapio, Steffen Tast, Helge Torvund, Patrick Traer, Andrew Tullis, Natalie Turner, Marianna Uutinen, Craig Voller, David Waterworth, Klaus Wehner, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Golden Rain has been installed at
Palm Springs Art Museum
Eigeroya Lighthouse, Egersund, Norway
permanent installation at the Palm Springs Art Museum
Installed at Eigeroya Lighthouse, Egersund, Norway, 2008