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.
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