TOUR I: CLOSE TO NATURE – FROM THE SOURCE TO ARTISTIC BREAK
From Henrik Håkansson’s »The Insect Societies (part I)« at Emscherquellhof in Holzwickede we cycle through fields and meadows towards Dortmund. As we travel along the Emscher river we leave the town centre on our right and cycle past Phoenix Lake through Westfalenpark until we reach the Huckarde district of Dortmund, where we can look forward to an acoustic surprise in the work »Zur kleinen Weile« (For a short spell). After that we take a »Kunstpause« (artistic break) in the installation by atelier le balto, where the tour comes to an end.
TOUR II: MINIMAL — FROM HOF EMSCHER-AUEN TO THE MINERS’ PROTESTS
The tour starts at Hof Emscher-Auen in the Mengede district of Dortmund, where the work »Black Circle Square« by Massimo Bartoloni is located. From there our route takes us along the Emscher river to the waterway junction near Castrop-Rauxel, crossing the Rhine-Herne Canal. Passing through nature, the tour next takes us to the observation tower by Tadashi Kawamata, and then, via Emscher Island, on to Bogomir Ecker’s »reemrenreh« (barely no singing) in the Herner Meer (Herne Sea). The tour comes to an end at the former sewage plant in Herne where we’ll visit a work by Silke Wagner, »Glückauf. Bergarbeiterproteste im Ruhrgebiet« (Good Luck. Miners’ Protests in the Ruhr Region).
Tour II promises a lot of nature at the Emscher-Auen farm to the Kawamata lookout tower.
At the end, you will reach the former sewage treatment plant in Herne, where a special chapter of mining history is told.
TOUR III: MONUMENTAL — FROM THE LOCKS TO THE THEATRE OF PLANTS
We set off at the entrance of the Zoom Adventure World until we reach the stunning Grimmberger Sichel bridge that spans the Rhine-Herne Canal. On the island between the Emscher river and the canal our route takes us to »Monument for a Forgotten Future«, a sculpture and sound installation in one. We then continue, first along one side of the canal, then along the other, until we arrive at »Carbon Obelisk« in Altenessen. Finally, the cycle tour ends in BernePark, where altogether three art installations are to be found: »CATCH AS CATCH CAN«, »Theater der Pflanzen« (Theatre of Plants) and »dasparkhotel«. The former clarification plant has been turned into a park with a new leisure quality, which even includes an artwork offering overnight accommodation!
There is much to discover in the BernePark: In one of the former septic tanks, Piet Oudolf has realized the »Theater der Pflanzen«. In the background you can see Andreas Strauss’ sleeping tubes.
TOUR IV: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN – FROM NEUSTADT TO SLINKY
The tour starts in front of the impressive backdrop of the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park. From there, it goes to the artwork »Neustadt«, which was currently created for the Emscherkunstwerg. The tour then leads along the cycle path Grüner Pfad to the Little Emscher River, through the Mattlerbusch District Park to Oberhausen-Holten to »PLAY_LAND«. Along the Emscher it goes past the new pumping station in Oberhausen, to finally walk along the Rhine-Herne Canal over the bridge »Slinky Springs to Fame« to the Kaisergarten.
One of the most popular and undoubtedly most colorful bridges is »Slinky Springs to Fame«, which leads over the Rhine-Herne Canal to the Kaisergarten in Oberhausen.
TOUR V: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN – FROM BERNEPARK TO NEUSTADT
The tour starts at BernePark, where you can view three works of art from the 2010 Capital of Culture Year. From there, the route heads west along the Rhine-Herne Canal, which is crossed at the Ripshorster Gehölzgarten. Here, the »Zauberlehrling« (Sorcerer’s Apprentice) by Inge’s Ideee comes into view from afar. Back on the Emscher Island, the tour leads to the Kaisergarten and there to the bridge »Slinky Springs to Fame« by Tobias Rehberger. Here it is worth dismounting and pushing the bike over the pedestrian bridge to continue on the other side to the Emscher and finally via the Green Trail to the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park.
From April to October, guided bike tours take place every Sunday.