What remains of the Emscherkunst?

About half of the artworks from 2010 remain permanently in the landscape. The EMSCHERKUNST.2013 added two more works.

The following artworks have been taken on permanently and can be visited at all times: In Recklinghausen, near the waterway bridge Castrop-Rauxel, the Tadashi Kawamata’s viewing tower Walkway and Tower rises over the Emscher. The walkable larch wood tower is about 12 meters tall and a popular viewing lookout along the Emscher Bike Trail.

The three piece sculpture reemrenreh.Kaum Gesang  by Bogomir Ecker stands in Herne in the ‘Herner Meer’. The yellow sculpture has become a ‘Watermark’ and has earned the nickname ‘Käsestange’ (cheese stick). Silke Wagner’s wall mosaic Glückauf.Bergarbeiterproteste im Ruhrgebiet adorns the outer hull of the former waste water plant Herne’s digester at the city’s border with Recklinghausen.

Another one of the permanent installations is the Monument for a forgotten Future which was created by Olaf Nicolai and Douglas Gordon and stands in Gelsenkirchen. A rock symphony by the group Mogwai can be enjoyed during the summer months, echoing from the artificial rock formation. Between Gelsenkirchen and Essen, along the Emscher Bike Trail, one can find Rita McBrides installation Carbon Obelisk.

The BernePark in Bottrop-Ebel has – since its grand official opening in October 2010 – developed into a popular meeting place with gastronomic accompaniment. All artworks here are open to the public, both the landscaping presentation of one of the two former clarifying basins as the Theater der Pflanzen by Piet Oudolf and Gross.Max (Eelco Hooftmann) and Catch as catch can by Mischa Kuball and Lawrence Weiner, consisting of a sign on the roof of the former waste water plant’s operations building and a light installation on the two clarifying basins.

In Oberhausen, close to Haus Ripshorst, the about 35m high steel sculpture Zauberlehrling by the Berlin artist group Inges Idee was build for the Emscherkunst.2013. With this sculpture, the artists are literally letting a power pole step out of line: simultaneously, his curved form sketches a human figure and reminds of the spirits that are called on in Goethe’s “Zauberlehrling”, which refuse to obey the apprentice.

At the Oberhausener Kaisergarten, the bridge Slinky Springs to Fame, that was finished in early 2011 and designed by Tobias Rehberger has become a real visitor magnet and a new landmark for the city. The 406m long, winding footbridge over the Rhine-Herne-Canal is a popular photo scene both by day as during nighttime, when a band of light illuminates the bridge from below.

A new youth center was developed for the exhibition in 2013 in Oberhausen-Holten on the Flugstraße. The Slovenian architect and sculptor Apolonija Šušteršič joined forces with architects and landscapers under the project title PLAY_LAND and, in exchange with children, youths and local residents, designed a youth center incorporating the wishes and needs of local people.

Some of Jeppe Hein’s yellow spyglasses Connecting Views that were spread all over the exhibition area have been maintained: at the BernePark in Bottrop-Eibel and the Burg Vondern in Oberhausen they’re still playing with the observer and their location.