Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club is a new art installation in the form of a natural bathing pond, at Lewis Cubitt Park in the King’s Cross development site, London designed by architects Ooze (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and artist Marjetica Potrč as part of the King’s Cross public art program RELAY.
The 40 metre long pond has space for over 100 bathers and is entirely chemical free. The water is purified through a natural, closed-loop process process using wetland and submerged water plants to filter the water and keep it clear. The pond is surrounded by wild flowers and grasses that change with the season.
OOZE, Marjetica Potrc and their team of gardener’s, students and volunteers have planted the pioneer landscape on the banks of the Pond Club. The plants were grown in the demeter farm & green houses of Rita Breker-Kremer and Stefanie Strauß in Dortmund.
OOZE architects & urbanists is directed by Sylvain Hartenberg and Eva Pfannes based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, OOZE combines an understanding of natural, ecological processes with technological expertise and insights into the social-cultural behavior of users of the built environment. Their design and research projects, constructed in collaborative transformative processes that balance imaginations of futures with urgent, current needs. Each project, art installation, building, public space or urban structure is both, the product of a way of living and an idea of adapting this way of living to achieve a more social and ecological sustainability. The cyclic processes found in nature form the base for each intervention and integrate the human scale within a holistic urban strategy. Água Carioca presents alternative proposals for water treatment in Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro through Constructed Wetlands. These are natural, self-sufficient and decentralized water treatment systems that imitate natural digestive processes in the way they allow microorganisms to unfold their purifying power. Work of OOZE has been realized in Europe and Asia including the Venice Biennial in 2012. Ooze has received the Dutch Basis Prix de Rome for Architecture in 2006.
Marjetica Potrč is based in Ljubljana and Berlin, and her work addresses issues such as social space and contemporary architectural practices, reflections on sustainability, and new solutions for communities. Since 2008 Potrč has repeatedly worked with Ooze Architects, comprising Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg. Recent projects include The Wind Lift, Folkestone 2014; The Commons Project, Den Haag,2013; The Brant club, Guelph, Canada,2012; The Public Space Society, ’ Art and the City 2012′ Stadionbrache, Zürich; Source de Friche, 2012 , GARDEN – Parkdesign 2012, Brussels, Belgium; La Semeuse, Les Labatoires d’Aubervilliers, 2011-ongoing; Théàtre Évolutif, Bordeaux 2011; A Rooftop Rice Field at Byuri School, Anyang, South Korea; Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Gardens, Emscher Island, Essen, 2010.
Delcroix Pinsky: The King’s Cross Curators, Michael Pinsky and Stéphanie Delcroix were appointed by the King’s Cross Advisory Art Panel in November 2010 to coordinate first stage of a nine-year arts programme of international contemporary art commissions within the King’s Cross development. The title of their programme is RELAY, refers to notion of the human chain activating the transformation, transfer and development of the site and community. Four works were commissioned: IFO by Jacques Rival a monumental birdcage; Across the Buildings by Felice Varini; Black Maria by Richard Wentworth; Of Soil and Water: The King’s Cross Pond Club. Delcroix Pinsky have worked collaboratively for eight years on projects such as Panacea and Lost O. and currently are curating nine commissions for PAE International Production Residencies for Artists, Fonds Belval, Luxembourg.