Carolyn Hesse, SUSPEND

SUSPEND. is a tool in development meant as a visual meditation on arguably one of humankind's greatest inventions in the universal toolkit, the straight line. And further, how we have used the straight line as the foundation for constructing methods to cross water.

SUSPEND. consists of 46 9x16" glass panels adhered to 2x2" cedar frames, floating just at the surface of the water, and connected to each other by 2' lengths of fishing
line. Set up in formation on the river and attached to any substrate, the piece creates an intermittently rigid and subtly delineated line of repetitive geometric shapes floating just at the surface of the water. The water is all around them, and also slides over them. This provides a sometimes reflective, sometimes transparent, intentional made surface to present and contrast the ephemeral changing light, colors, reflections, and shapes in and around the river environment.


  • Carolyn Hesse