Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects
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Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

Sits along the edge of the River Rands on the site of an old 19th century paper mill, an hour north of Oslo, the Pulp Press is an installation art created by Irish artist John Gerrad in collaboration with Dublin-based A2 architects.

Artist: John Gerrad / Architects: A2 Architects
Location: Jevnaker, 3520, Norway
Photographs: Jiri Havran

Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

© Jiri Havran

Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

© Jiri Havran

The work consists of a large projected moving simulation of the an original paper press, housed in a 100 sqm poured concrete pavilion, as a permanent site-specific commission for Kistefos Museum – one of Scandinavia’s largest parks of contemporary sculpture.

Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

© Jiri Havran

Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

© Jiri Havran

The cast concrete pavilion is an 13 × 6.5 meters open-ended volume, with one open façade facing the former paper mill and another facing the river. Its concrete form is embedded like an erratic onto a sloping river meadow.

Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

© Jiri Havran

They accumulate in metal hard-disk units on a nest of precast concrete and brass shelves inside the pavilion, emulating the piles of wood pulp bales that the mill once produced.

Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

© Jiri Havran

Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

© Jiri Havran

“Even digital data is stored in a physical world.”

Pulp Press by John Gerrad + A2 Architects

© Jiri Havran

Inspiration from artist:

Pulp Press (Kistefos) 2013 is a hyper-realistic portrait of the machine, (which was decommissioned in 1950), painstakingly remade as a virtual form. Importantly, it has 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 recreated in simulacra. The press now generates bales of virtual paper pulp, each structurally unique and preserved as data in an ever-expanding store of hard drives housed sculpturally within the work.


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