Creating a drawing instrument which is placed in the turbulent currents of a river. The mechanism transfers energy from the two turbines into cyclical drawing motions, with ink pens on watercolour paper
It is left to draw for a few hours or longer and shorter depending on conditions, and with this I can create new drawings that come from working with the river
This idea came from visiting some fabulous rivers in Tasmania and Switzerland . I thought of creating a project where the river has a kind of voice , a creative agency to put something before us in a cultural way. I was inspired by the decision taken in New Zealand to give legal entity status to the Whanganui river, in order that it may be protected into the future – and if necessary fought for.
The first drawing to come off the new machine – about 2 hours of River energy, ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 76 cm