Posthumous Adaptations invites viewers into an imaginary environment, both playful and sinister, where they are able to animate a seemingly lifeless whale-oid specimen. Placed behind a plexiglass wall and in a sterile, lab-like room, the concrete creature is set in motion by hydraulic power and human weight. The sculpture is accompanied by an animated video to give spectators a view of what might be a remainder of an ancient past, or a glimpse into a far future.
“Activating the concrete sculpture with hydraulics references water as the mobilizer of rocks, people, and land—as a force of life as well as destruction. The act of pumping water becomes an attempt to return life to a fossil or movement to an inert structure,” says Heyne of her sculpture.