Michael John Whelan
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Darkness had no need
In the black dark for good
Carapace
That we were to wait
Like force and matter
Only in
Lupus
20 Vertices, 30 Edges
and 160 Diagonals

In Embers (Dodecahedron)
Dune
Transit of Venus
Over the echoing gateway
Stars & Star
Shadowplay
Archway (diptych)
In the black dark for good
Installation view
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Once released onto the mountain, liquid from a cooling system 120 meters inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault freezes. Throughout this slow process it is influenced by the Arctic wind from across the mountain. As the liquid solidifies, the ground and stones are slowly covered by this glacially paced crystalline growth. Each photograph presents a single stone in various stages of envelopment. Two of the stones have been completely covered and are almost invisible shadows beneath the ice.