shifting from a dump into an oasis, while solving an ecological issue. Simultaniously involving the same industry who was responsible for the misuse of the stream, to actually take part in creating non conventional solutions.
included asphalt tel, cement, waste of all kinds which were cleaned from the stream, and were loaded on a truck with the banner -
"Have You Cleaned A Stream Today?", the drivers on highway no. 1, were the viewers to this "performance".
hundreds of bags of waste and cement on their way to the big city where they will turn into an installation for a while.
I have met a gray layer lying on the stream bed along two Km, from the exit of the quarry.
Concrete Creek, winter 1999
Monitoring - Part A is a journey to create a reclamation plan for the stream and its surroundings. First stage was to walk and photograph along the stream through four seasons. The purpuse was to check if the stream can heal itself without interference, because in the name of reclamation, new damages can happen to the surrounding. The photographs helped mapping the state of the stream, types of abuse, and the begining of pondering about the reasons for the main disease - we are a society which contaminates our own streams and rivers.
Cleaning - included working with foreign workers, beduines, arab cement drivers, neigbours who worked at th quarry at the time, as well as the engineers and owners. A live pilot of collaboration with Israel society in all its veriety.
Part B; The Cleaning stage involved walks along the stream bed, taking out solid waste which was buried underneath for many years, social work with the quarry workers and simultaneously, raising their awareness to the state of the stream. The cleaning included taking washing machines, refrigerators which were buried under the cement, cleaning the first cement layer with a small tractor, and moving all findings to a formal waste site for the first time. This stage was also called "the Debate" stage, planning a reclamation plan for physical, social and energetic change of the stream's surrounding.
Half a meter thick of cement dumping is about to land on the stream bed. Later, it will turn into an oasis, a resting point for birds, as part of the reclamation plan, with holes for accumulation of rain water, and holes to allow rain water to penetrate into the ground, while weakening the concrete, and turn it from a disturbance, into a healthy element in the stream.