PURE MIX

Installation

Kemi, Finland

2004

The serene landscape of Kemi’s harbor belies the growing specter of pollution at its shores and advancing consequences of climate change. The installation, in collaboration with John Roloff, is sited across from an active paper mill in the dead of winter. A mosaic of frozen designer water implants from international sources are cast into the sea ice. From Perrier to Catholic Church Water, 81 international waters are temporarily entombed in the sea until the spring thaw when they are returned back to nature. The installation takes on the absurdity of water connoisseurship. Commercial logos are routed into the surface of each frozen specimen. Brooms are available for viewers to sweep away snow accumulation to view the brands. The installation is internally illuminated.

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