The enormous columns also form an ellipse, which according to Rogers: “alludes to the trajectories of the planets moving around the sun.”
The solace found in the surrounding environment, the shushing tide of the sea below the soaring sky above soon overshadow any residual admonishments to never touch art. Lay a hand on one of the columns and you are privy to a secret and ancient language transmitted through ageless basalt. Left to imagine any number of scenarios, the sculpture is where the artist’s imagination crosses paths with that of the viewer. Who is creating the story here? The answer can be found in Rogers’ other works, specifically Rhythms of Life.
It is the largest contemporary land-art project in the world spanning 51 sculptures across 18 sites in 16 countries and seven continents. These drawings, or geoglyphs, range in size up to 40,000 square metres and are positioned in locations from below sea level up to altitudes of 4,300 metres. From icy fjords and remote deserts to valleys and frozen lakes, Rogers has collaborated with over 7,500 people with the idea of exploring “cultural diversity and the global intersection of ideas and peoples… to address globalisation and our shared humanity.”
In each location, Rogers consults with local authorities, communities and environmentalists, enlisting help from everyone including the Himba tribe in the Namib Desert, soldiers from the Chinese Army in the Gobi Desert and Bolivian Shamans in the Altiplano. The works are so substantial that they can be seen from space and a special Google Earth tour has been designed to take people on a virtual journey.
Visitors to Time and Space – The Speed of Light find themselves immersed in a world somewhere between the ancients and the galactic future. Like all of Roger’s land-art, it’s hard to position oneself on the human time scale when contemplating the piece and easy to let the imagination run free between ecstatic tribal rituals to an alien calling card. It provides connection to the many hands that have helped create the art, the many lives it has touched and to the ritualistic history of humanity. It’s also a lovely spot to take in the magnificent view and get some respite from earthly concerns.