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Wasserleiter (2002/2010)


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This outdoor exhibition at the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park, Hamilton, was curated by Sarah Anderson, and focuses on glass as a sculptural material. Various artists were in this show, including Di Tocker, Ron Reichs, Heather Olesen, Sophia Atheniou and Colleen Ryan-Priest.
The work “ Wasserleiter” by Gareth Williams is a large stainless steel structure located in one of the ponds at the park. The structure is filled with sheets of glass and separated by perspex blocks. An electric pump at the base of the structure pumps water to the top of the structure where is slowly falls from sheet to sheet in thousands of droplets. Due to the transparent nature of the work, it picks up reflections from the surrounding environment, and refracts and reflects the sunlight. Over time the structure accumulates particles from the pond floor and algae begins to grow profusely in the abundant sunlight and UV rays. It explores ideas of order versus disorder, geometric versus organic, and intends to integrate notions of entropy and natural processes in the work over time.

Artists Statement:
“What is the relation of the two cosmic tendencies: towards mechanical disorder (entropy principle) and towards geometrical order (in crystals, molecules, organisms, etc.)?”

Whyte, L. L. (1965) Atomism, Structure and Form. In Kepes, G. (Ed.), Structure in Art and Science ( p27 ). New York: Braziller.

Item Type: Contribution to a Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: sculpture, kinetic sculpture, water sculpture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Gareth Williams
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 04:12
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:55

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