One Day: 40 Sunrises is a project by Ian Wieczorek, comprising 40 paintings based on live-streamed webcam imagery of sunrises around the world on 15 July 2020. Originally presented as an exhibition online (with funding from the Arts Council), the paintings are now presented in their original form.
One Day: 40 Sunrises presents the experience of sunrise on a particular day in various locations throughout the world, as experienced live through webcams during lockdown. The locations were chosen to reflect as broad a geographical spread as possible. The paintings are based on real-time screenshots, harvested from the internet by Wieczorek over a 24-hour period on a randomly selected day, 15 July 2020, tracking sunrise around the globe. The number of paintings references the notion of quarantine, a word deriving from the Italian quaranta giorni meaning ‘forty days’, the period required before ships could disembark in port at the time of a much earlier pandemic, the Black Death.