Ulrich Witzmann


Works of Art
in Public Areas

Expo 2000

On their way through the archaeological site of the 21st century, back to the year 2030, visitors who travel to the “Place of Aix-la-Chapelle” encounter a mystical floating WaterART called the “Pendulum Alpha”.

Moving gracefully through both time and space, as illuminated waters flow gently along its beveled cylindrical surface before disappearing into the satin stainless-steel cone below, the Pendulum Alpha is pulled by the gravitational forces of the Earth.

Visitors to the Pendulum Alpha remain transfixed as they wait for the waves to finally splash over the midnight blue mirrored glass rim. Instead, in an inexplicable act of gravitational defiance, the waters ceaselessly flow, as the pendulum continues to float gracefully from one end of the circle to the next in the sands of Aachen. At the same time, flashes of light dance around the cone as the Pendulum Alpha moves across the ground illuminated with spotlights.
The inspiration for this particular piece of WaterART was Umberto Eco’s novel, “Foucalt’s Pendulum”.

The pendulum stands for travel through time. Sand and flint stones appear in a circular arrangement around the Pendulum Alpha. Together they are Stone Age relics that represent the first human tools and innovations in this region.
The “alpha”, like the first letter of the alphabet, also happens to be the first letter of the name “Aachen” (Aix-la-Chapelle) and stands for the floating space station that circulates around the Earth.