Speaking Water

commission artists Elspeth Pikaar en Maria Ikonomopoulou location Ringdijk, Wilnis material ceramic, platina glazing size 53 x 500 x 57 cm commissioned by Municipality of Mijdrecht It is a monument marking the precise place in Wilnis where the dyke collapsed one night in August 2003, flooding a large part of the village.
The people of Wilnis shared their experiences of the momentous incident with the artists.Their accounts of the following day's devastation, the power of water and its significance were the ispiration for the piece. Designed as a vast seating element, the monument is covered in dark red-brown ceramic tiles overlaid with excerpts from these stories in platinum glazing.
Henk Butink

Speaking Water . 2009
ceramic, platinum glazing
53 x 500 x 57 cm
Ringdijk, Wilnis



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115 inhabitants of Wilnis have described their experiences of the memorable night, what the village looked like the day after and their thoughts about water and it's significance


selected text fragments have been used for the monument


The text fragments are set in relief with platinum glazing on dark reddisch brown ceramic tiles


A book - designed by Esther de Boer - with the same title as the work of art Speaking Water contains all the 115 personal documents.
ISBN 978 90 813 3771 7