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The Flood of Atlantis (Plato's Giant Head)
Unrealised public art proposal for a river. Giant carved stone reconstruction of a Roman sculpture of Plato’s head, to be flooded over, with didactic plaque.
2014

“This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Heracles; the island was larger than Libya...

But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.”

– Plato, Timaeus/Critias (On Atlantis)