Watermonument

The monument in Dyestad is a mobile composition of historical and more recent objects and materials connected to water and other fluids, welded together and engineered to work as a harvesting and re – distributing water machine, constructed to hold and loose water in different ways.

The monument attaches itself to a building, and collects both rainwater from the houses rain gutters, and sewage from the kitchen and bathroom. The collected water runs through the many leaks, filters and connections of the monument, some of it to vaporise or be drunken by insects, some to hit the ground and a small stone paved stream, meandering through the garden. Another container in the monument holds water that can be pumped back up to create a shower function on top in the bathtub, and then again pour down through the filtering systems of the installation.

The monument could be said to steal water, questioning the systems we normally use, where waste water is discretely transported in our case 25 km away to a cleansing station. In the monument, we can see, smell and hear the amount of water that goes through our everyday activities, and we realise the incredible life supporting powers of water directly – In the small ecosystem of the rough water harvester, micro life is already establishing, along the stream and under the monument is a new, humid and nutritious habitat forming.