Ships That Pass in the Night on Display in Bentonville, Ark.

Tuesday, October 14 at 05:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., searched the country for the top 100 under-recognized contemporary artists. They discovered 102 artists whose works are featured in “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,”* an exhibit on display at Crystal Bridges* now through Jan. 19, 2015.

One of the pieces of art is installed on the west side of the Arvest branch in downtown Bentonville. Artist Aspen Mays created “Ships That Pass in the Night” which pinpoints when two ships pass each other during the dark hours at sea. After learning all ships have an Automatic Identification System which identifies their location, speed and path, she created custom software which tracks when two ships pass each other. When these momentous driftings occur, a light panel will glow bright for 30 seconds on the Arvest branch in downtown Bentonville, and a printer at Crystal Bridges will simultaneously record the ships names and their exact location.

In a Crystal Bridges blog post* on the art piece they quote Mays saying, “I called the satellite company and tried to explain [the project].  The guy [on the phone] was an active Coast Guard member, and he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re out there for a week or two and you haven’t seen anything, and then a moment—and it’s this amazing moment and it’s also a little bit scary.  It’s kind of… you’re not alone…’  He really connected with it.”

Next time you’re visiting the Bentonville Town Square, take a look at the west side of the Arvest branch and if you’re lucky you may just see the panel of lights glow as two ships pass each other at sea.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.
 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County
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