Mareograph
2018
Site-specific work including custom made tide gauge, sediment, stoneware cylinder

Art project in two parts, based on the Bergen City Council’s risk assessment of the highly polluted marine environment in Puddefjorden and the lake Store Lungegårdsvann in Bergen. For the project have sediment samples of the sea bed from different sites in the fjord been used and applied as a coating to extracted clay-cylinders. These were placed one by one in the self-made analogue tidal gauge, which stood on the Årstad quay at the passage between Puddefjorden and Store Lungegårdsvann.

The tidal water was registered in the analogue gauge by the movements of a needle in the sediment cylinders, which were replaced when the water was at its lowest, once each night and once each afternoon. The measurment cylinders have subsequently been dried and fired ceramically, and was shown in a display case in the Local History section of the Bergen Public Library. The colour spectra in the incised cylinders come from various types of heavy metals, minerals and organic contaminants deposited in the sediments and the ways in which they have reacted to the high temperatures of the ceramic reduction firing.

Mareograph is a commissioned work for Volt, curated by Marie Nerland. Developed in dialogue with the Department of Geoscience and EARTHLAB at the University of Bergen and Cowi AS. Special thanks to Elisa Helland-Hansen.

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Photo by Cecilia Jonsson

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Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

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Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Stoneware cylinder 50x10cm ø
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Photo by Cecilia Jonsson

Stoneware cylinder ø 10x50cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Stoneware cylinder ø 10x50cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Stoneware cylinder ø 10x50cm
Photo by Cecilia Jonsson