Chris Mizes on the seemingly quiet dredge as co-creation between the natural and its urban counterpart:
[T]his massive assemblage of global weather patterns, regional tourism, lunar gravitational forces, transportation infrastructures, urban escapism, geologic displacement, and ocean-floor ecosystems, the dredge becomes only a single point, a transient infrastructure of human desire. The dredge happens at a massive geologic scale but takes place in the context of an expansive network of relations that defies any attempt to place it within such a specific scalar boundary. The miles of pressurized metal tubing temporarily fixed in the beach landscape are a not-so-quiet reminder that “nature” is not the pristine condition of the pre-anthropocene. Instead, we tolerate the dredge’s ephemeral infrastructural interruptions for the sake of remaking a relaxing space outside the city. We are always working against other non-human forces to, in a sense, preserve the “natural” common for human consumption. The dredge reminds us that the “natural” never stands alone.
I like this: dredge as reminder of what is common. Human desire with all its attendant inventions and reinventions, with all its accusations and creations, when at its best is co-creator.