järna 2012

This feels like such a slow day for some reason. I got to thinking about the old photos from my visit to Järna this summer, for the exhibition. Funnily, it’s such a great place for pictures (I think, it’s a very nice country-side location), but the light was all wrong. Sharp, blinding, unforgiving. It’s just hopeless, mid-day in july. You need early mornings and evenings, which I didn’t have. Only a few hours in the middle of the day, the worst time. I quite like quirky houses, the nature, the ponds, most things. But it was still wrong. All about the light. Also, my attention was split between the environment and the exhibition. Something was a bit off, at least. Perhaps I can’t say exactly what it was. Maybe the planetary constellations or the diminished activity of elemental beings (they’d fled) — who knows!

So you get the last pictures I have got that are decent. Here and now.  (I’ve posted other pics before, search the tag ‘Järna’.)

I’m not sure how they pull off colour combinations like this one. But they do. I suppose it works, though I’m not quite sure. What I am sure of though — the stuff the ceiling is made of is hideous. Not the ceiling itself, i e the shape of it, but the material.

8 thoughts on “järna 2012

  1. Kulturhuset is a beautiful building! You have to admit it. It’s lovely to sit there with the fire roaring. And the food is great.
    I think you should explain for your readers what goes on in the ponds at Järna!

  2. Water purification! There were funny plates there, advising people not to play with the water as it is sewage ;-)

    Food is great, indeed. I’ve only been there twice — and both times during the summer, and both times during pretty hot days… if they had had a fire roaring, people would have left very quickly!

    I like the fireplace and the concrete pillars. I’m not so sure about the yellow wall or the round window. The wall probably contributes something even though I don’t like the colour much (that colour on itself) — but the window… no. Some archipelago people who like the boat ‘feeling’ tend to install round windows. It can be a good idea — but most often it isn’t…

  3. Water purification accomplished by rhythmic movement (Shades of eurythmy – spirals and vortices! Oh Horror!)
    Accomplished without the use of chemicals…..!
    If you drink it you become spiritually uplifted.
    (only joking!)

    And it does work, they are allowed to release the purified water back into the lake.

  4. Horror indeed! It’s not just the movements though — it’s about the water passing all kinds of layers (soil, sand, whatever it is), I imagine, not just pumped around and spun around in spirals? There are these water stairwells, but I’m not sure what they’re doing, technically speaking.

    (Btw, an anthroposophical liquid soap — which boasts about spiralled water: http://twitpic.com/968yzn…!)

    If I were to drink it, I might get sick — which, in the end, could be spiritually uplifting, as far as karma goes ;-)

    I thought they used the water to water the plantations or something?

  5. Yes, i think they water the plants but the water will then seep into the lake through the ground.
    You are right about the filtration for removing the solid matter but what makes the crucial difference to the purity of the remaining water is the rhythmic movement induced by the stepped waterfalls.

  6. Or out in the sea!

    ‘what makes the crucial difference to the purity of the remaining water is the rhythmic movement’

    I remain skeptical!! It does seem slightly… odd, from a scientific viewpoint. It would be great if spinning water around — or rather treat it rhythmically — would remove bacteria… but it sounds too unlikely. Exposure to sun and air in these waterfalls might do something, possibly… though I’m far from sure about that.

    Actually, I think filtration removes more than solid matter — I remember seeing a program on tv many years ago where they explained how to construct your own water filtering system from very simple things; sand, and different layers of I don’t remember what anymore but stuff found in nature. Moss, possibly. Supposedly, it does remove bacteria if it’s done the right way, the right layers are there and the water is allowed time to filter through them (obviously). That’s how I remember it anyway, but I’m very far from sure since it’s a long time ago.

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