Elizabeth Ogilvie with Dirk Mross Water Diviner
Curated by art2b
Kunstroutekalk Köln Deutschland 2004-2005
Solo site specific installation and Water divining project in collaboration with water diviner Dirk Mross. Four artists selected to make site works Curated by art2B and Köln Kulturamt funded by Stadt Köln Supported by the Ministry of Architecture Culture and Sport

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Commissioned by Cologne Kulturamt to produce site-specific work within Kalk, postindustrial district in central Cologne.The project, Kunstroute Kalk, was designed to draw attention to newly redeveloped area, central Cologne. Scheme was supported by Ministry for Architecture Culture and Sport.

Research revealed an area recognized for ground water, which attracted manufacturing over centuries. Selected site in centre of former chemical industry, which utilized groundwater. New government building, Kalk Karre, now occupies area. Commissioned water diviner, Dirk Mross to trace underground streams below and around new architecture.

Research question: Is present regard purely for water’s functional role and if so, how might artist support a wider social consciousness re sustainable use of water.
Proposed a temporary site dedicated to celebration and understanding of water, working with international team of engineer, researcher, builder, various businesses, to design work, promoting public interaction and insight.

Outcome was built environment with interactive pool, using water, timber, paint, PVC, theatre lights. This was constructed within atrium of Kalk Karre, directly above central point of various underground watercourses. No mechanical devises were used in water, emphasizing philosophy of water and human connection, the antithesis of industrial area, which used water in process of manufacture.

Public encouraged to participate in art by taking up a stick and playing with surface of water. Chart displaying network of underground streams/water was also exhibited.
‘It’s child’s play, perhaps, like skimming stones. But like much of the best art, mere description cannot convey the subtle power of Ogilvie’s masterpiece. For this surely is what we are experiencing: the culmination of a desire to make not a representation of the sea or river, but its sensual equivalent-an endless stream of changing sensations.’

Transcript of speeches at opening event by government officials and Dr Peter Brinkemper, author, critic, are available.