Chuck von Schmidt

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ANTEDILUVIAN MEMORIES SERIES

PADUCAH

NEW ORLEANS

JOHNSTOWN

INDONESIA

KEY LARGO

GALVESTON

CANVEY ISLAND

HOECK VAN HOLLAND

DRESDEN

PRAHA

VENEZIA

BRATTLEBORO

LITTLE FALLS

MANHATTAN

ATLANTA

BIG ISLAND

SHINNECOCK

UNDER CONSTRUCTION



As the population of the Earth expands, we are constantly reminded of our fragile existence here.  As societies expand their habitats, the forces of nature are not always given proper consideration.  When a river overflows its banks, it is of little concern to us if no one lives there or has no possessions in its way.  A flood becomes historic and catastrophic when it affects people's lives, and that is usually because they have done something to put themselves in the path of the water.  By combining the visual image of the hourglass containing water and soil and an historical narrative, I seek to raise our awareness of our place in the ecosystem of this planet.  

ANTEDILUVIAN MEMORIES presently consists of seventeen of these hourglass ”geodetic markers”.  To create these pieces I traveled to the site to personally collect soil and water to house in my hourglasses (except for Atlanta and Indonesea, where I collaborated with other artists).


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