Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Garden
Autonomous water treatment system (art installation) for Emscherkunst 2010
'Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Garden' is a water-supply infrastructure line between the Emscher River and the Rhine-Herne Canal. The project is a complete and sustainable water-supply system. It uses only water from the immediate area: the Emscher River, the Rhine-Herne Canal, rainwater and waste water. By putting the treatment process on display, it shows it is possible to reclaim and restore the natural habitat by using low-tech processes to construct a high-tech system. The main elements of the water supply and treatment installation are two toilets located above the Emscher River (the most polluted river in Germany), a pump that draws water from the river into a septic tank, a constructed wetland, a rainwater-harvesting roof, water storage bags, and a fountain located above the Rhine-Herne Canal that offers visitors water of drinkable quality. In addition, the system provides water for irrigating the Community Garden.
Marjetica Potrč and OOZE (Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg)
EMSCHERKUNST. 2010 and EMSCHERKUNST.2013
Structure: ABT (Ronald Wenting), Construction: Bouwhaven Consultants, Water system: Kilian Water, Contractors: Tiggelovend-Kok & Vandulmen; Gardener: Andre Piegsa
Bas Princen, Roman Mensing, Ooze
Thanks to Simon Schubert (Foerder-Demmer), Mariana Idiarte, Veronika Pfannes, Mr. Thuena (EG), Florian de Visser