Property Partner: Oyster Group.
Site: Eagle Technology House, Victoria Street.
Images: Gabrielle McKone
Broken River brought both a theatre performance and a public artwork and installation into a vacant space. It married the visual arts with live performance, tackling environmental and political issues.
Inspired by conflict over water rights and water usage, the heart of the work was a metal sculpture: a tangled disc of pipes and nozzles; a nightmare vision of irrigation. Visitors interacted with the work as installation – turning taps, causing cogs to turn and water to fall. It also formed the heart of nightly performances. Vacant space became studio, rehearsal and performance venue combined.