The textile Vattenfalls tavla by Eva Stina Sandling shows the Porsi power station in Vuollerim on which construction began in the same year as Pontusbadet opened. The other textiles depict the river further back in time, before the power station, when it was a part of daily life. Taken together, they show society’s changed relationship to the river, from an ensouled lifeline to infrastructure for industrial production.
In the decades after the war, a large number of indoor public baths were built around the country. Pontusbadet was constructed in 1957 and was one of Sweden’s most modern bathhouses of its time. The energy-intensive industries and welfare society that developed in the post-war period were made possible largely because of advancements in hydroelectric power. This large-scale energy production is just as crucial for the profitability of today’s server halls as they are for the mining industry. At Pontusbadet, the artworks by Eva Stina Sandling and Lisa Tan take water as a starting point, though in different ways. Their personal reflections emphasize water as a life-giving element–on Earth as well as in other parts of the universe.