Australian artist Andrew Rogers has completed A Day on Earth, as part of his sculptural installation, Time and Space, a collection of twelve structures along a 1.5 mile long site in Cappadocia, Turkey. A Day on Earth is a 64-foot high basalt arch inscribed with a single word, MEMORY, and is located at the end of a colonnade of 30-foot high basalt columns. The project expresses the fragility of life and society and human and moral values are inscribed on each column as a single word of text to represent 22 virtues – liberty, justice, integrity, truth, respect, peace, freedom, quiet, hope, optimism, history, heritage, tolerance, beauty, joy, rights, love, responsibilities, faith, compassion, goodness and kindness.
The twelve structures of Time and Space are part of Rogers’ Rhythms of Life project of fourteen sites with stone sculptures, or geoglyphs, sited around the globe. In Geelong, Australia a Rhythms of Life site was commissioned in association with the Commonwealth Games 2006. In China the Rhythms of Life walls stretch 2.1 km/ 1.3 miles. The monumental geoglyphs have been constructed in 13 countries since 1998; Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Iceland, China, India, Turkey, Nepal, Slovakia, the USA, Kenya and Antarctica.
“We perceive our existence in space and time; we are here now and life is current but in this world where technology is constantly advancing, human nature is not. It is often the values of the past that are most relevant today. Geoglyphs can be contemplated from two points of view- the mythological subject and that of the beautifully constructed gigantic form which requires a concentration of great ingenuity to bring into being a form from which springs new life. We are carried over great time and space from ancient cultures and civilizations. It is an exploration of meanings and powers from the past and their meaning for the future. From an artifact of an ancient culture that has meanings and powers from the past, through to the unspoilt vistas that has meaning for the future. These structures invite the viewer to search amongst these twelve gigantic forms which create their own dimensions and find themselves in a special place that has been created.” Time and Space. Andrew Rogers