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As part of the "Emscherkunst", Tadashi Kawamata designed an observation tower in 2010, to which a kind of pier system leads. Near the water cross of Emscher and Rhein-Herne-Kanal near Castrop-Rauxel, this "sculpture" offers a beautiful view over the landscape. With the theme "Becoming and passing away" he deals with artists with the constant change and transformation of the area and the Emscher itself. With appropriate foresight the view from the tower is interesting and beautiful to look at. Nice place for a rest.
A somewhat idiosyncratic observation tower, which was built for the exhibition Emscherkunst 2010.
When you first look at the tower looks like an over-sized tree house, but it is worth the stopover.Description according to www.emscherkunst
For Emscherkunst, Tadashi Kawamata chose a location near the water cross of Emscher and Rhein-Herne-Kanal, the so-called Dükers in Castrop Rauxel. The Rhine-Herne Canal will be widened at this point in the coming time again to allow the passage of several loading Freighter. And the Emscher is also undergoing change on the ground. In the future, the sewage flow will also be converted into a natural river.Tadashi Kawamata accompanies this change by erecting an observation tower on a hill to the west of the water cross, to which a narrow pier leads. This wooden walkway leads the visitor through the landscape to the tower: in turns, the footbridge rises gently and gives new views of the terrain, the highlight of which is reached with the view from the tower platform. Although the round tower itself fulfills all the requirements of a functional architecture, Tadashi Kawamata understands it conceptually as a sculpture, as an aesthetic form. Together with his assistants, Tadashi Kawamata built the tower in 2010 as part of the first issue of Emscherkunst. He consciously carries the character of the provisional, the unfinished and the ephemeral.The basic artistic principle of Kawamata, the "becoming and passing away", combines at this point with the change of the landscape itself: Once a natural, meandering river, the Emscher was straightened and degraded to the sewer. With the renewed conversion project, the once "passing away" of the river until its completion in 2020 will once again be a forward-looking "becoming", because the stinking canal is being transformed back into a natural river with living meadows. This transformation, which is also an example of the fundamental structural change in the Ruhr area, can be observed and followed in the next few years by visitors, cyclists and walkers from Kawamata's lookout tower.
A change on the Emscher Cycle Path are the different art objects. Here the walk-in observation tower of the Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata. Even if one is hardly able to recognize the artistic content (the emergence and passing away, past and future) as a layman without explanation, the 12 m high tower is still suitable as a refuge if it rains.