Invisible Dust

London | Thursday 21 September
Pollution level: Moderate

Liz Ballard


Tracing Water - Cambridge and Norwich

Liz Ballard, Tracing Water, May 2011, Img Simon Steven © Liz Ballard, Tracing Water, May 2011, image Simon Steven

7th May 2011

Liz Ballard worked with Dr Kevin Hiscock, a hydrologist from U.E.A who specialises in water pollution Ballard has been exploring the effects pollution and climate change in East Anglia,  in particular water pollution in the River Wensum that runs through  Norwich. At Cambridge Ballard created a fountain sculpture utilising the bright green Lido water.

For Norwich Ballard developed a new work, Tracing Water, building on a previous  series of drawings created by the slow thawing of frozen pigment.  Ballard produced a site-specific work from Hiscock’s current study of  the water pollution in the Norwich river system. Ballard’s contemplative installation in the River Wensum  consisted of luminous green forms that gradually disappeared yet  simultaneously alter the river’s appearance.

The use of these dyes has been developed through working with  hydrogeologist Dr Kevin Hiscock. The River Wensum is one of the most  important of the UK’s chalk river habitats and 99% of its main river  channel is in decline from agricultural and industrial  pollution. Tracing Water encourages us to consider the importance of  water as a finite resource and how our actions are reflected in our  natural surroundings.

For more information click on the links below:

Environmental Sciences Department, UEA

Cambridge Science Festival

Norfolk and Norwich Festival

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