This project begins with a childhood memory. I was sitting on the beach and held a ruler in front of me, parallel to the horizon. It was said that the earth is round and I wanted to check if that was true. But my ruler turned out to be too short or the earth not round enough.

In 2010 I tried again to visualize the bending of the Earth. Not with a ruler, but with a huge tube with a length of 10 km. This tube was carried by 310 volunteers at the Belgian Coast on the 14th of May 2010. 

The middle of this tube is resting on the ground. Five km to the left and 5 km to the right of this center point, the tube is already 229 cm removed from the earth’s surface. A straight tube hanging above a convex Earth. A clearly visible and comprehensible image of the bending of the Earth.

The result of this experiment is a photograph of 20 meters long and 3 cm high: a collage of 1805 photographs (scale 1/505) which shows a tube with a length of 10,832 km carried by 310 people at the tide line of the Belgian coast.



Concept: Ief Spincemaille
Design and realisation: Wies Hermans and Ief Spincemaille Photography: Clara Hermans
A coproduction of Vrijstaat O
Distributed by Werktank
With support of the Flemish Authorities.