REEPICHEEP'S WAVE

By Bruce Munro

Location: Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre

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Reepicheep’s Wave is Munro’s most recent work of art, created specifically for his exhibition at Montalvo. Its components are astonishing: 12,000 fiber optic filaments; 18,000 vacuum-cast, partially-recycled plastic “mussel shells;” an accompanying soundscape based on an auditory illusion. The inspiration behind Reepicheep’s Wave is found towards the end of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, when the valiant mouse Reepicheep leaves his friends behind to venture to the far eastern edge of the world where he encounters an enormous, unmoving wave. The work is also influenced by imagery Munro has encountered elsewhere, including The Great Wave off Kanagawa by the master Japanese painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai and the 1977 Peter Weir film, The Last Wave.