This project consists of 2 parts, one ephemeral and one sustainable.
- chitter-chatter, a temporary exhibition
- waassertrap, a permanent urban decoration
The wash house itself being protected, its walls shall function as gallery space for a temporary exhibition. Through this immersive experience, the visitor is encouraged to dive back in time. While contemplating reproductions of historic washing scenes from this or similar wash houses in the region, one can listen to audio recordings of washing sounds : splashing water, mechanical noises, singing and chitter-chatter. The walls facing the wash basins may be used to display printed reproductions. They’d need to be illuminated by a single directional spot per image. The wall facing the entrance shall be covered with a blank canvas, serving as screen the projection of a 5- to 10-minute-movie about the location’s animated past.
This mosaic staircase is a permanent and sustainable way to add a dash of color in everyday life. The project calls for citizens to participate in the shaping of their urban environment.
The material (ceramic tiles, colored glass and mirrors) may be upcycled from the commune’s stock and construction excess. Citizens are also invited to contribute by donating unused ceramics which shall be integrated into this piece.
Theme : water is running the city
Being attached to the wash house, the main theme is a source of water running down every step, irrigating every part of the city on it’s way : farmland, forests, parks but also industrial, cultural, religious and residential buildings. The theme of this mosaic is running water and everything that comes to life through it. I will start by applying a river / waterfall area.
That’s where the public comes in : volunteers are invited during a workshop to choose a theme and help illustrate one or more steps by adding shapes of trees, plants, animals, houses or anything else comes to their mind when thinking of running water. Let your imagination loose ! The process to attach the tiles is quite simple. After a short introduction, it should be accessible to hobbyists and aspiring artists of all ages.