HARTSLAG (Heartbeat) 2001

A pumping station is an inherent part of the landscape and body of water – a mediation between wet and dry. It can rise as a symbol from the banks and channel the water (as in the Kreekrug), or rise from the water, in the shape of a tower, and look out over the land (as in Watertoren.)
In both cases the activities pertaining to the pumping engine are exhibited, as it were, on a platform next to the station. This activities include the functions of the maaiboat (a canal maintenance boat with a device for cutting reeds, roots of plants, etc), the drainage of slush and the storage of garbage dredged up by the pumping engine.