Claude Zervas, Middle Fork, 2015



Claude Zervas, 2015. Four channel video, 60"h x 60"w. Funded by the WWU in partnership with one-half percent for art law, Art in Public Places Program, Washington State Arts Commission.

Performing Art Center - lobby


Seattle based artist Claude Zervas (b. 1963) is best known for his light and video installations focusing on the north-west topography and topology. His video work in the PAC lobby shows aerial views of four bends in the Nooksack Middle Fork, which supplies water for the City of Bellingham via pipe and tunnel division into Lake Whatcom. Zervas used a drone to fly his video equipment so he could capture peaceful images of the river flowing through the forest. The video segments are shown on four monitors arranged in a rough circle, giving, in Zervas' words, an impression of  “an impossible circular river that flows back into itself indefinitely.” Quoting the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus' famous dictum, “Everything flows,” Zervas adds, “and so will this river.”