Kunstpfad Ruhr

Art emerges - RWE realizes 17 works of art along the Ruhr Valley cycle path.

From the secluded brook to the largest inland port in the world; from the medieval idyll of castles and half-timbered houses through impressive industrial landscapes to the post-modern harbour flair; from secluded forest paths to well-developed Ruhr bank promenades – the Ruhr Valley cycle path provides vibrant contrasts! Since mid-2010, 17 works of art have expanded the variety of the 230-kilometre route along the Ruhr river.

As part of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, the company RWE initiated a competition for students of art and design courses. During the summer of 2010, a total of eleven artistic concepts were awarded prizes and implemented, which now enter into an artistic dialogue with RWE's technical landmarks at 17 locations along the Ruhr Valley cycle path. A total of 60 artists from the Münster Academy of Art, the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, the Freie Akademie der bildenden Künste in Essen and the design department of the Technical University of Dortmund took part in the ideas competition.

An expert jury of external art experts and RWE technicians selected original and unconventional approaches that open up new perspectives on the subject of energy: With the video installation "Watt'n dat?", a local network station in the deepest Sauerland near Winterberg reveals an erotic-energetic seduction. A round dance of gas piles with the title "CRE:SIGN" gives passers-by something to think about with a motto. Five telescopes, following the concept of "targeting energy" at different locations, alienate the view of high-voltage pylons, lanterns and power plants in a lively and colourful way. Photo installations, which - like a search game - integrate themselves into the technical environment, line the way as "Stützer", "Spulenteil" and "Schieber" .

The works of art become the connecting element between nature and technology. Whether in "primus inter pares" a grey current pole leads a pack of yellow poles towards the Ruhr or the moss-green and plant-entwined "Green Mound" comfortably surrounds a gas station, whether a colourfully shimmering high-voltage pylon as a "Leuchtturm" breaks the sunlight in a colourful way or an oversized switch construction with an integrated birdhouse called "offline" astonishes passers-by - those who step on the brakes ask themselves in a new way: How is energy generated, converted and transported? The puzzle picture "Moving Bikes" sets mind and body in motion: Depending on perspective and one's own speed, the almost life-size photographs on a house wall seem to start rolling. And on Neheimer town square, a gas station encased in bright yellow diffuser panels is already making a name for itself throughout the city.

Further information on (only in German): https://www.ruhrtalradweg.de/Strecke/Kunstpfad-Ruhr