They did it again, but this time, you will get wet! After the hugely popular installation Rain Room, which they showed at Barbican London and at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York, the London-based studio rAndom International created another spectacular work. For the international arts festival Ruhrtriennale, they realized their first large outdoor sculpture, Tower. The work is in direct dialog with the surrounding monumental industrial buildings of the former coal mine Zeche Zollverein. In contrast to the surrounding architecture, rAndom International’s tower is an ephemeral one: Tower is a temporary sculpture that is given form just by countless drops of water that can be experienced both from the inside and the outside. But beware, this is not the Rain Room: by entering the tower, you will get wet.
The Ruhrtriennale is an international arts festival hosted by the Ruhr metropolitan area in the west of Germany. Artists are invited to seek a dialog with industrial spaces and between disciplines. The festival takes place in the region’s industrial monuments, which are transformed into sites for fine art, performance, music, dance, and performance. Participating artists include William Forsythe, Douglas Gordon, Mischa Kuball, Massive Attack, Dan Perjovschi, the Quay Brothers, and Ryoji Ikeda.
rAndom International: Tower. Instant Structure for Schacht XII – Urbane Künste Ruhr. Ruhrtriennale Arts Festival 2013. Schacht XII, Welterbe Zollverein, Essen (Germany). Premiere, August 23, 2013.
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