Aqua Dice is a kinetic ocean going sculpture celebrating Chance and Luck on the High Seas.


The project


Aqua Dice, in association with Fortune Cubed, is a kinetic sculpture consisting of two large sea going dice (9 m3) that will be launched into the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands sometime between the 25th and the 30th of November 2012, weather permitting. 


Designed to be unstable the dice will be pushed by the wind and rolled by the ocean’s waves and currents. They will probably cross the Atlantic propelled only by natural forces.


This ode to luck sung on the high seas will follow the same path that explorers, slaves and immigrants, their fates vitally intertwined, followed to the New World hundreds of years ago. What were the ships these people were traveling on if not giant dice rolling their way towards new frontiers?


Aqua Dice is also a celebration of pure chance. There is no mathematical model in the world that can predict the outcomes or the destinations of these dice rolling on the ocean.


Each die will be equipped with electronic beacons so that it may be easily followed by satellite.

The dice will pose virtually no threat to navigation ( I can provide more details about this if necessary).


Aqua Dice was inspired in part by the poetry of the Frenchmen Mallarme and his work “ A Roll of The Dice Will Never Abolish Chance” and Rimbaud’s work “The Drunken Ship”. It is also inspired by my many years of sailing and my sculptural works that not only speak of the sea but are installed there.


Below is a sample of such work. This piece was entitled Drift Pedestal and was set into the Gulf Stream off of the coast of New England in 2008.




Before this I started working on small tidal ponds. The work below was done in 1997 and is called

North x North. It was located off of the Sassafrass River in Maryland, USA:





Aqua Dice will be carrying cargo. This will include bottled water from the Teror Water Company, and Tovarich Vodka as well as copies of the poems that inspired this voyage. In addition to Mallarme's and Rimbaud's works  will be  Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart and The Number and The Mermaid by Quentin Meillassoux.


Of course there will be the crew list onboard naming  all the patrons, such as yourself perhaps, of Aqua Dice.



Why fund it?


Aqua Dice needs to raise funds in order to pay for shipment down to its launch site in the Canary Islands.  


We need to launch from the Canaries so that the dice will catch The Trade Winds which will blow them across the sea.


To date  a generous grant from the French Ministry of Culture enabled the design and construction of the dice. We now need to raise 5000 euros so that Aqua Dice can make its big splash. 


The funds will be used specifically  to ship Aqua Dice from France to the Canary Islands by cargo ship as well as to cover all the associated costs such as port fees, customs, permits, transport in and around the Canary Islands  and the logistics of those last few long meters down to the water's edge.


It will be the first time that I have ever tried to raise money with the public's help. 


Aqua Dice is built and ready to go.



Fortune Cubed

Born in Philadelphia, USA, on March 23rd, 1962. I have a B.A. in English Lit. from Swarthmore College and a Master's in Drawing from the Ecole Nationale Superiere des Beaux Arts in Paris.

FAQ Questions about the project

+ Where will the dice go?

No one can tell precisely. However past experience by navigators gives us good reason to believe that the dice will go to the Americas. It is good to keep in mind that existing models of prediction concerning drifting objects on the sea break down after about five days.
Scientists I have spoken to at Woods Hole Oceanography Institute as well as at the University of Hawaii believe that the dice will transit the Atlantic over to The Carribean.

Newest comments

Hola! Well as you can see the launch was cancelled. My GPS units didn't get here until the launch time almost minute for minute! I hope that you all appreciated the slow revealing of Aqua Dice and can handle some delayed gratification. Soon you will see them on the waterfront. Today, I am still awaiting another GPS component. When I have got it I will put the GPS units in their gymbals and then install them in the dice. Then I will wait for the wind and tide to offer Aqua Dice a safe ride. This will probably be sometime next week. Thank you for your patience. We'll get there!
Bonne traversée aux dés de Max! Denis, cvsq
Gone with the wind... Amitiés de tes 2 copains de Tanger Scarlette Ouaara & Clark Djebel