The water system is a perpetuum mobile, where the water that pours down the drain returns back to the aqueduct and back onto the pine tree. The system maintains itself, the dead wood waters the living pine and the pine brings water to the draining system.
Water supply is key to human life and nature. In the antique Rome, the aqueducts were a central part in creating city life, and the final parts of the long aqueducts were often celebrated with a monument to highlight the power of the water and the supplying system. In this piece Katja Pettersson and TAF shift focus to the water system’s relationship to nature and how humans impact the nature that surrounds us. It is less a grand monument and more of a question to the viewer.
The groove is created using pine, a tree cultivated in large quantities to supply the forest industry with material. Wood is often considered an environmentally friendly material for construction, but what are the implications on nature from cultivating pine in a large quantity? How does the man-made manipulations affect forest life and nature?
The piece highlights the vulnerability of life. How the elements such as water are essential for our survival. The fragility of culture, being dependent on nature.
We are now in a state of existence where we need to give attention to the needs of the earth instead of being focused on what nature can do for us. The man-made gutter system created only to hydrate a single plant shows a vulnerable nature in need of the loving attention of mankind for survival.
The installation can be seen as both a plot and a projection. The plot is a narrative about human civilisation and its relationship to water, the dependency upon both nature and man-made systems for survival. It is also a projection on the desire for a system to maintain both our living conditions and be able to save the planet with architectural solutions.
Collaborators: C&D Snickeri.