‘Splash was created specifically for the exhibition High Water! about the ever changing relation between the city (Deventer) and the river. Giant water works are in progress in the vicinity of the city in an attempt to keep the water level down in the wet periods.
Splash is an architectural model that doesn’t refer to any architectural reality, but to the mental and physical option of ‘swaying’. The Dutch are known for their water works, intensive landscape planning and attempts to gain control over any given natural situation, which doesn’t just shape the country, but also the general mentality. The cabin in the work is a rock like shape suspended between four crane-poles with cables. Counterweights keep the cabin in balance. When the water level rises, the cabin will be submerged halfway until the windows have a view on the underwater world and the whole cabin will rise with the water level, floating… The title Splash is taken from my favorite poem from Charles Bukowski.’