2007 Stereo rain

Installation for the exhibition 'the meadow that wanted to become famous', dertien hectare foundation, Heeswijk Dinther, The Netherlands

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The two sprinklers – one stationary, the other moving back and forth – sprayed water over a canal from either side, almost as if they were in competition. Where the two sprays of water met, a white spectre appeared, like a point of light. The installation also created a beautiful cloud of mist in the air and, when the sun was shining, a rainbow . . . To see it properly from an observation point, a triangular formation was essential. This is why the platform was in the middle, where you could look out over low shrubs and see a piece of the rainbow. It was an essential resting place and, as Doorenweerd puts it, ‘a very definitive kind of position’ from which to view the work. The artist adds that he was pleasantly surprised by another aspect of this project: ‘The consciousness of the weather – you notice whether the sun is shining or not, whether there’s a rainbow or not, whether or not the whole thing came to life. It could be like a fog machine too. When the weather was cold, the spray made it clammy, and when the sun was out, it was very refreshing. And the maize behind it and the colours of the rainbow against the maize – these were very particular things that worked out just beautifully. And the machines themselves, the force and the sound of the spray. It was like a pissing contest. The power in it, the potential, was enormous.’ (Elly Stegeman)