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A shelter for the soft voices

05 Oct 2020, Posted by chris in Uncategorized

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Chris just installed his new sculpture ‘A shelter for the soft voices’ in Angermünde, Germany. Made from a single 10 ton glacier boulder sourced from a nearby sand quarry, the sculpture reveals a small space inside.

With this particular sculpture, I wanted to create a small space within the boulder that fits a young child. Children have no fixed conception of the world surrounding them. They perceive their surroundings through a looking glass that has not yet been framed to a large extent. They grow up in an increasingly polarized world with stronger contrasts. I wanted to give space to those of whom society does not expect any strong views yet. A tucked away space in a volume so compact, so sheer indestructible, yet so willingly accepting an intervention of this kind, to give shelter to one child. What lies at the basis of this world, shields that what lies at the basis of our future, the next generation.

The sculpture allows children to explore the work and interact with it in an elementary way. Through sensory experience: climbing, crawling and speaking softly to hear their voices amplified by the sculpture, they become more susceptible to the artwork and the volume, mass and story it represents. In a playful fashion, the sculpture will leave an impression in their young lives.

 

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New work in the making

02 Sep 2020, Posted by chris in Uncategorized

Chris travelled to the East of Germany, North of Berlin to search for a suitable boulder for a new work. Tucked away in a sand quarry in this scenic and remote part of Germany, was this 10 tonne glacier boulder. In the coming weeks, Chris will sculpt a large work as part of a new series of work titled ‘A Divisional Approach’.

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Although the crisis continues and most exhibitions have been postponed till further notice, Chris is working on a new sculpture for the Anningahof Estate. The sculpture will be on show when the park opens up to the public. In the meantime, a lot of work has to be done on the 13 tonne sculpture made from Brazilian granite. The sculpture will be titled ‘Gated Community’ and will reflect upon ‘confinement’ as a mindset of liberty. More information will follow soon. For more info on the Anningahof Estate: www.anningahof.nl

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Just received a photo of the sculpture I made last year for the town of Fontanarosa in Italy. It is installed at the museum there. I made the work to discuss the idea of ‘home’ and what defines this sensation. Not by presenting any answers. Just wanted to allow whoever visits the sculpture, to have an isolated experience of solitude in my artwork. 

These are uncertain times yet it supplies us with a healthy contrast. Instead of despair, we need to be resourceful and foremost creative. Sure, a lot of questions demand swift answers but perhaps this process of searching for new stable grounds, will be more valuable than we can foresee. Rise to the occasion, embrace creative thinking and values and use this moment of solitude and forced isolation for what it’s worth…a golden opportunity.

Stay healthy, stay sane, look and help others and design a better world. Peace.

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Yesterday, the 15th of December 2019, we commemorated the bombing take took place 75 years ago in Zwolle. With an impressive ceremony, the monument was unveiled by those who witnessed the tragedy at the time.

 

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Photo: © Jelle Raap 2019

 

On the 15th of December 1944, the city of Zwolle was bombed, sending a shockwave through the city. The area most effected by this bombing will commemorate this historic event this year, as 75 years have passed by. Chris will make an intimate memorial sculpture that will honor the five people who died during the bombings and those effected by it in other ways.

 

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