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Artist blasts plan to ditch his structure

Artist blasts plan to ditch his structure (Evening Times)



A DUTCH artist who created a controversial public artwork in Paisley has
slammed plans to demolish it.


The Rain Tower, in County Square, will be torn down this summer after
eight years of technical problems and public health fears.

The 180,000 stone landmark was designed to turn recycled rain water
into a stunning waterfall. But it repeatedly broke down and was turned off
last summer.

Engineers will start dismantling the tower, which opened in 2000, next
month following talks with the original funders.

But the move has incensed creator Jan van Munster, of Oost-Souburg, the
Netherlands, and he wants Renfrewshire Council bosses to reconsider.

He said today: "I understand the public health risk with the recycled water but
the tower is part of a concept I made for the Square and surrounding area.

"It seems too easy to demolish and remove it without thinking over other
options. It could be turned into a light installation."

Over the years, the water supply was closed off during winter months
because of frost damage to the pipes and the drainage system also
required constant repairs.

Van Munster is highly respected in Europe and his work is displayed in
modern art museums across the Netherlands and Belgium.



James H
cybers

Shame Shame Shame...

It's smashing when it actually works even though the design is a bit of a no brainer...
Recycled water is a health risk... Since when... How many of our old fountains are being restored and are now running on recycled water Stick a fence round it and improve on the plumbing design i say.
falseface

Thats Paisley for for ye.
HollowHorn

It's a heap o' sh!te.
James

Aye, we all know that about Paisley - what about yon bit of public artwork?




James H
poodiecat

james73 wrote:
Aye, we all know that about Paisley - what about yon bit of public artwork?

James H


James, you actually made me laugh, hurrah!        
UG_admin

Cripes an "artist" was responsible for that. I though it was the apprentices using the leftovers from tarting the place up a bit that made it.
falseface

HollowHorn wrote:
It's a heap o' sh!te.


How Rude
Did you no tell me folk piss inside it coming back from Glasgow after nights out?

FF
Hugo Drax

falseface wrote:
Thats Paisley for for ye.


That's the Dutch for ye.....
James

180k Rain Tower to be ripped down (Evening Times)



CONTRACTORS have moved in to demolish a controversial landmark
following eight years of protests.


The Rain Tower in Paisley's County Square is finally being torn down amid
technical problems and public health fears.

Workmen have now begun the process of dismantling the 180,000 stone
artwork and it will be removed completely within the next three weeks.
Council chiefs plan to use the extra space in the square to stage open-air
public events and expand regular attractions such as the Farmers' Market.

The sculpture was designed in 2000 with the purpose of turning recycled
rain water into a waterfall.

But the artwork has never properly worked and was switched off
permanently last summer.


James H
Stuball

3 weeks to knock that down? Give me a sledgehammer and I'll do it in 3 minutes
Edward Fox

james73 wrote:
180k Rain Tower to be ripped down (Evening Times)



CONTRACTORS have moved in to demolish a controversial landmark
following eight years of protests.


The Rain Tower in Paisley's County Square is finally being torn down amid
technical problems and public health fears.

Workmen have now begun the process of dismantling the 180,000 stone
artwork and it will be removed completely within the next three weeks.
Council chiefs plan to use the extra space in the square to stage open-air
public events and expand regular attractions such as the Farmers' Market.

The sculpture was designed in 2000 with the purpose of turning recycled
rain water into a waterfall.

But the artwork has never properly worked and was switched off
permanently last summer.


James H



Splendid news. When, on occasion, I have found myself spending the odd hour in Paisley whilst en route to the airport, my finely-tuned aesthetic sense has been greatly offended at the way this monstrosity blocks the view of Somerfields from the excellent railway station.

I am somewhat alarmed, nonetheless, at the notion of removing things that have never properly worked from the town. Although, on the bright side, presumably the resultant mass depopulation will free up abodes to house the poor unfortunates displaced by the ongoing programme of demolition of buildings over the height of eight floors in the surrounding areas.

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