Hamburg – Hamburger Kunsthalle (Dripstone Machine by Bogomir Ecker)

This must be one of the museum’s most optimistic projects, an artwork which will only be finished in five hundred years. The set-up, which is in its own room at the gallery, involves collecting rain water from a roof gutter which then goes through carbon dioxide and calcium carbonate before dripping onto a marble plate.

The artwork was installed in 1996, so we’re already 23 years into the project, and the aim is to get the stalagmite to be five centimetres in height. The underlying context is to get visitors to think how much will happen over five hundred years, whilst very little is happening to this artwork.

It’s rocketing along…..