The Tide is Changing, Egersund. Together with artist Javier Barrios we created an amphidromic park. The points in the park collect water through subtle manipulations of the topography. By gathering water and superimposing the map across the city floor visitors have a shared experience of learning about this phenomena, and due to the rainy climate of Egersund puddles of water that accumulate at these points create points of interaction for young and old to play and have a splash.
The Tide is Changing
Client: Artist Javier Barrios, Eigersund Næring og Havn KF
Status: Delivered, 2nd prize
Type: Competition, Public space, Art
Process and thinking:
The amphidromic point map is superimposed onto the landscape of the site as a large-scale painting on tiles and as a defining point for the site's micro topography. The points collect water through subtle manipulations of the topography. By gathering water and superimposing the map across the city floor visitors have a shared experience of learning about this phenomena, and due to the rainy climate of Egersund puddles of water that accumulate at these points create points of interaction for young and old to play and have a splash. At night the amphidromic points are lit up with inground lighting for functional purposes but also to create a safe atmosphere for people walking through at darker periods of the day and year. The stillness of the collected water connotes the static nature of the amphidromic points creating moments of reflection, play, and learning.
Anorthosite - Tidal flux - Jernebane
A large rock is placed on a nearly circular elliptical track inscribed into the site; representing the rotation of the moon around the earth. The rock not only places a symbolic role but an educational role with regard to the local geology (Egersund is one of the few places on earth where one can find rock that is similar to that of the moon. In addition to this the rock creates a point of attraction, and social activation. Alone, one person cannot push the rock, however together the rock can be rotated on the track making for a dynamic landscape and shared experiences. The use of tracks also connects to the history of the site, as it was once the location of Egersunds first jernbanestasjon.
At the edges of the site wooden seating and play elements are placed along the contours of the landscape, amplifying the amplitude lines of the harmonic tidal constant. Each contour has its own track so the benches can be moved along them, this makes for a flexible seating arrangement where many can sit together to watch performances or people can sit in small groups or alone within the site. Trees that have been removed are cut and repurposed as material for the seating and play elements. The forms of the seating and play elements originate from the rhythms that occur from tidal phases. The seating and play elements work together for multigenerational usage and activation of the space and artwork. In addition to this the contours continue to the waterfront to create an interesting moment where people can step down to the water
Oak grove Egersund gets its name from the nearby local oak forests, as an homage to this landscape oaks are planted throughout the site to add an ecological layer to the plaza. As oaks are slow growing they will not overcrowd the space, and will in fact interact with the art piece when their leaves fall, creating a new element of colour to carpet the city floor. They will also provide shade on hot days, and create habitats for other plants, fungi, and insects. In addition to this they can frame the square and help to divide the different flows of traffic along the waterfront, and the street.
Javier Barrios´s proposal stands out in its thinking of the whole, which can activate several places, anchor the context in a measurable form and function well as a people's park. It gives clear associations to the movement of the tide and the effect of the moon and works well as a marker for the tide zero point. It is the jury's overall view that JB's submitted material, physical presentation and process with edit shows a dedicated and committed access to the task, which is seen in a sympathetic way. Furthermore, it is the jury's view that the project works best in its entirety, as it forms markers and meeting points in the port area, and give meaning in relation to each other.
Project team: Eric Reid, Linn Runeson, Miguel Hernandez