Cumbra Vieja

30 x 17 x 25 cm
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A massive wall of water with a length of dozens of miles, roars with a speed of 400 miles an hour across the Atlantic to the eastern coast of America. The wave breaks at the coast, but the water keeps raging and lifts itself up to 2000 feet. Ashore the water destroys everything on its way, till 12 miles (inlands). Buildings collaps, woods tear up. The land will look as if it has been hit by an earthquack. You are mistaken if you think this cannot happen. There is a roller, named Megatsoenami, with this unimaginable force. Millions of years ago the island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, came into being as a result of lava-eruptions. La Palma is a lovely green island with a overwhelming nature, but it can also bring about a Megatsoenami. At La Palma the vulcano Cumbra Vieja is still active. It's last erruption took place in 1949. After this erruption the western flank of the island has been pushed for 12 feet in the direction of the ocean. This shifting can develop a Megatsoenami. The Cumbra Vieja consists for the greater part of porous rocks. These rocks are filled with water. When the Cumbra Vieja will erupt again (this happens with an avarage of once in a hundred and fifty years, the water in the rocks will inflate because of heating by magma. The inflation developes irresistible pressure in the core of the vulcano. This pressure will tear the western flank of the island apart. A mass of a half trillion tons will fall in the ocean. This causes an enormous energy: the birth of a Megatsoenami. Wandering at the crest of the Cumbra Vieja I didn't know the story of this vulcano and the Megatsoenami. I made my sculpture and only after I finished it I learned the intrigueing story of the porous rock. In my sculpture the story and the image are combined.