The Pond

Lucía Rivero

7 September 2011

2011. Vídeo single-channel, sound. 4’ 42’’

The footage for The Pond was recorded in East London in 2011. In the months running up to the last Olympic Games, Hackney Council and the Lottery Fund awarded a grant for a programme to clean up parks and natural green areas which included the treatment of Clissold Park and its two ponds.

At the same time, Lucía Rivero made an intervention in one of the ponds. The video shows two footballs being taken out from the bottom of the pond and how they are later returned to it after it had been cleaned up by the public authorities.

The piece documents the transformation of the surrounding environs undertaken by man. In this case, in a park which is itself a form of subjecting the natural environment to design and human vision.