Apr
9
2012
<em>The Thirsty Bird</em>
 

Marina Zurkow
The Thirsty Bird, 2012
Custom software (black and white, silent), HD video animation, video player
5 min 12 sec, loop
Dimensions variable, landscape orientation
Edition of 5

The movement of a pump jack (known colloquially as a “thirsty bird”), and a public water fountain are synchronized in a delicate dance. As the pump pulls oil upward, the water fountain spurts water. An array of archetypal individuals—cowboys and Indians, a father and his son, a county sheriff, a cow, a soldier, a girl with her dog—emerge in endless succession to drink from the fountain. The graphic treatment is based on Gerd Arntz’ ISOTYPE (International System Of Typographic Picture Education), developed with Viennese social scientist and philosopher Otto Neurath (1882-1945) as a method for visual statistics.
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