BEIM WASCHBUER – new name of the space to be decided by the citizens and community
“Clean clothes are an important asset of a modern society.” What about a clean conscience?
Installation & series of events.
The space will encourage discussions about the “dirts” of the modern world, address the issues that people are aware of but feel uncomfortable talking about. This historical building used to be a place where women came to do the laundry, have discussions while doing it, enjoy each other’s company and catch up on latest news in town. Now it would still be a place to bring people together, but on a deeper level – to reflect, discuss, educate each other and make this world a better place. Come in and look into yourself. Kneel on the old, crumbling, concrete step that those women used to kneel on while washing the sheets. Look down the well and see yourself in a deep, blue tinted mirror. Wash your thoughts, reflect. Share your thoughts with others. Start conversations that will change the society and the world.
During events, the words (topics) can be written on the fabric or t-shirts and once discussed the participants could wash the fabrics/t-shirts together using a simple steel pot. The fabrics will never be fully clean – they will act as a reminder of the discussed topic, and will hang on a brass rod or be wrapped on the rotating rod of the well.
The back wall and concrete wells will be filled with deep blue tinted mirror – like the water used to fill them in the past – imitating the blue color and reflectiveness. Large mirror on the wall will display a neon sign with the name of the space decided by the community and residents. The neon sign is supposed to catch your attention, make you stop and read / think / act. My intervention is a call for action – whether it’s changing the world or looking deeper into yourself. I’ve deliberately kept the existing textures exposed in the rest of the space – it is important to respect the building and only add to it, not replace and cover as it would lose its soul. I like incorporating nature into my designs, as it affects our wellbeing and can enhance the feeling of community – I would love citizens of Differdange to choose, plant and look after the ivy (or other plant). They will be responsible for breathing life into this forgotten space. The ivy will crawl up the simple chicken wire that will strengthen the crumbling walls, which can symbolise the connection between ‘right now’ and ‘then’. Citizens would also build the planters for the plants on both sides of the space. Well will symbolise washing the sheets and will be made of brass. A brass frame for drying t-shirts can replace a well if that is the chosen option. I decided to use brass as it will age beautifully to fit in with the rest of the space.