A new piece from an artist familiar with environmental art projects, John Roloff’s Étude Atlantis forms an elaborate, illusionistic space in which bold linear stripes converge into a spiral pattern. A cistern, carefully crafted from sheets of mirror, occupies the center of the spiral. Water gently cascades down the lip of the cistern, falls through the center, and disappears, as though the cistern were alive and weeping.
“For an environmental artist, Atlantic City is a very unique and special site. Its history, social/economic, and geographical dynamics are especially engaging. This project has provided me with an opportunity to discover an inner Atlantis and put together an unexpected mixture of place, theater, technology, cognition, and mythic quest—all within a puzzle-space of illusionistic descent and shifting light patterns.”
Participating artist: John Roloff
Participating landscape architect: Cairone & Kaupp