30 resin mooring rings, 550 metres of rope

Dimensions variable

The Acqua Alta Project comprised four site-specific installations incorporating variously photographs, drawings, video elements and reimagined found objects. Common to each installation was a series of handcrafted sculptural elements that functioned as anchor points for a spatial drawing composed with hundreds of metres of rope.

The first iteration of the project was Hazewinkel’s contribution to the group exhibition Overlap 3 (2006) presented at the British School at Rome following his Australia Council for the Arts studio residency in Rome. It was further developed into the Acqua Alta Project over the following years.

Acqua Alta 2 (2008) was installed in the artist’s home which he emptied of all furniture and personal belongings and opened to the public. Fixed to the exterior surfaces of the common-use entrance  and attached to the floor, ceiling and walls of various rooms, the transparent rings supported a tensile network of lines describing parallel and intersecting trajectories through vacant yet intimate domestic spaces. This drawing in space drew out themes connected with personal vulnerability, fracture and precariousness, which coursed throughout the entire project.

The Acqua Alta Project is documented in an accompanying publication, which includes images of all project iterations and texts by Geraldine Barlow, Rebecca Coates, Anthony Gardner and Stefania Manna. The individual essays are also available at the Texts page of this website.

read Geraldine Barlow's essay Like the Thread of a River here

read Rebecca Coates' essay The Antique and the Everyday here

read Anthony Gardner's essay Lucciole here

read Stefania Manna's essay FCO-MEL Unspooling here