Tower: Instant Structure for Schacht XII

Random International created a monumental structure at World Heritage Zollverein using its plentiful, native material: water. 6 million cubic metres of water have to be pumped out of the former mines every year to warrant the structural integrity of the entire region.

Almost 30,000 litres of water are cycled per minute to create an ephemeral tower that appears and disappears instantaneously. Through the senses, Tower explores possibilities for engagement with, and access to, an historic, industrial space on a scale that had not originally been intended for social, human use. In sharp contrast to the solid and static architecture of Zeche Zollverein, the ‘simulated structure’ of Tower is transient, its watery presence a temporary spectre.

  • Random International
  • Urbane Künste Ruhr