Kanale 2001, Oberhausen
The Rhine-Herne-Canal with is straightened and concrete-armed embankments seems to be an inanimate water. The lacking transparency of the water surface appears leaden and life-hostile. The installation is aimed at inspiring unexpected life to the canal, and this in an artificial way which matches its industrial use.
A living organism generated in the obscure depth is climbing out of the water in the form of gaudily coloured rubber creepers or tentacles and up the slope in the direction of the Emscher River - or it is coming from there and now disappears into the canal, depending on interpretation. The further development is left to the observer's fantasy.
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