Dedication of two works of art at Vatnsfell Station

4. July 2005

"Frequency" is a massive fife, an acoustic pipe which is large enough to walk into and which produces sound at 50 Hz -- the same frequency as that of the electricity from the Station.

This piece of art shows us the four elements themselves at play. Water, earth, air and fire are joined to create a dialogue between sound and electric current: two of Nature's invisible children. When the north wind blows and teases the pipe, a deep tone emerges which, to put it scientifically, vibrates at 50 Hertz. At exactly the same moment, water flows through the power plant and generates electric current. This is in fact what leads to the dialogue, because the frequency of vibration in the current also happens to be 50 Hz. Thus a miracle occurs: the heart of the sound and the heart of the current beat to the same time.

"Mother Earth", a work by the Icelandic Love Corporation, is a plot of vegetation adjacent to the power station. The members of the Corporation are Eirún Sigurðardóttir, Jóní Jónsdóttir and Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir.

Mother Earth is a participant in the adventures of mechanisation, by virtue of her creative and destructive might. She harbours fibre-optic cables and electricity pylons, as well as people and the biosphere; nonetheless, her powers can annul this relationship with no warning. It is no use arguing with Nature.

Some tufts of vegetation were brought in October 2003 from Þóristungur, on the site of the proposed Sporðalda Reservoir, and placed on the barren gravel point by Vatnsfell Station, in cooperation with the Soil Conservation Service. The hydropower plant provides this plot of plants with shelter as well as with electricity, lighting up the borders as darkness approaches. When we use electricity, we are pushing on Mother Earth's "play" button, even if we do not necessarily think about the context.

In the twilight, this work of art takes on an entirely different aspect. The picture in the link below was photographed at 1:34 a.m. on Wednesday, 20 July 2005.
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