2 km of LWL direct bury fiber-optic cable
Courtesy: Evan Roth & Caroll / Fletcher Gallery, London
Evan Roth’s work Burial Ceremony is a monumental sculpture consisting of two kilometers of fiber-optic cable. The quartz-glass-plastic mix cable is usually delivered on large-scale wooden spools and must be unrolled before being laid in the ground. To avoid torsion and pressure on the fibers, the cable is usually laid out in a figure eight—a form reminiscent of the infinity symbol. In the installation, a pyramid shape is created at the intersection of the cables, referenced in the title of the sculpture. The starting point of the work was Evan Roth’s trip to the British county of Cornwall, the landing point of the first (functional) transatlantic telegraph cable between Europe and the US, in the fall of 2014. Today, it is also the location of undersea fiber-optic cables that transport 25% of the world’s data traffic.