installations

Element of surprise

2013-2015
Permanent installation in Tolkamer made by transforming an iron walking gang from the harbour of Tolkamer into a sculpture
App. 6 x 8 x 5 m
Commissioned by Provincie Gelderland and in collaboration with Rijkswaterstaat

Provincie Gelderland and Rijkswaterstaat were planning a new harbour alongside the Rhine in the area Spijk-Lobith-Tolkamer. The old harbour had become to small for modern ships. This planning process was dominated by legal, financial and political forces. It made me wonder what would happen if one object from the old harbour would be transported by the river and end up somewhere randomly, by drifting ashore. My proposal to take an element from the harbour and install it somewhere else as a sculpture reveiled the same legal and political issues on every site I proposed. The sculpture that I presumed could be installed quickly after I got the permit, has figuratively drifted for almost two years around many sites. Finally, it was placed on a soundblocking wall. Immidiately after its installation, fences were built around it as if they wanted to prevent the sculpture from drifting again. Although unintended, the project proved how little room there is in public space for objects without utility such as art pieces.

 

 

 

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