Maeve Laurence

The Hot Water Bottle Machine


This machine was made for a group outdoor exhibition at Lang Craigs in collaboration with The National Trust. The show occurred in early march on a Scottish hill and so the purpose of the machine was to provide a source of warmth and comfort for the visitors as they viewed the other work around the site. This warmth was not only in the water, but in the time and care that went into the project. The machine and its operator filled, capped, and distributed the hot water bottles in an elaborate and absurd way. The domestic covers of the hot water bottles that were lovingly crocheted by volunteers contrasted with the industrial steel mechanics of the machine that was then taken in by the unforgiving landscape which rusted the frame.