Mesocosm (Wink, TX), 2012
Hand-drawn animation (color, silent), custom software, computer, screen or projector
Dimensions variable, landscape orientation
146-hour cycle (24-minute day, 146-hour year)
Edition of 5, 2 AP
Wink, Texas is the most recent landscape to be animated as part of this “Mesocosm” series. In the animation, a large sinkhole— the “Wink Sink 2” located on located on private oil company property in the small Texas town of Wink—boils, gushes, flows and expels objects: plastic bags, oil and dark clouds that whirl out of the sinkhole’s vortex in ghostly choreography. Oil refineries burn off gases in plumes in the background as an occasional train or coyote lumbers past. This sinkhole has been widening steadily since it emerged in 2002; here, it appears as a natural geological event, complete with picnic rest stop furnishings. By day, the landscape is inhabited by a diversity of bird life, prairie dogs, insects, pronghorn antelope, HazMat workers and—depending on the season—by migrating monarch butterflies, snakes and sandhill cranes.