PULP PRESS KISTEFOS MUSEET
John Gerrard / Permanent Installation at Kistefos Museet, Norway
Design, Technical Design, detail planning, production and manufacturing
Pulp Press (Kistefos) is an ambitious site-specific commission by Irish artist John Gerrard. His installation Pulp Press is located in a 100m2 poured concrete pavilion designed in collaboration with Dublin-based architects A2 and INSEQ DESIGN for the Kistefos Museum – one of Scandinavia's largest parks of contemporary sculpture. The museum occupies the grounds of a 19th century paper mill in Jevnaker, an hour north of Oslo, Norway. The new pavilion sits along the edge of the river Rands which powers the work by hydro-electrics – the very same river that gave rise to the original factory in 1889.
Pulp Press (Kistefos) 2013 consists of a large projected moving image of the original press. It is a hyper-realistic portrait of the machine (decommissioned in 1950) and painstakingly remade as a virtual form. Importantly, it has even been renovated within the virtual to function once more. Pipes have been replaced, valves sourced, missing components researched by the production team for over a year and all recreated in simulacra. The press now generates bails of virtual paper pulp, each structurally unique and preserved as data in an ever-expanding store of hard drives.
Installation photos: Jiri Havran
Manufacturing photos: Jakob Illera