The Waters Twine is the first art work commissioned by Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park in Tasmania, Australia. It has been created by the Turner Prize winning artist, Susan Philipsz.
The Waters Twine (2013) is inspired by a 1929 recording of the author James Joyce reading from his novel Finnegans Wake. The recording was set to music by composer Hazel Felman who based it on the pitch of Joyce’s voice.
Philipsz worked with a vibraphone player to record the separate tones of the piece, creating a fragmented version of the composition. These individual notes play from the underside of the Glenorchy boardwalk and are projected out into the bay. More information about the project can be found at gasp.org.au