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Ede my site specific sculptures revisited (Lucien den Arend)
The constructivist industrial-like steel stairs are transparent and light.
The construction's geometry coincides with that of the orthogonally placed walls. I had the choice of making a sculpture via which one could ascend to the next level, or to make a functional staircase and have it designed like the industrial ones you can find in factories or oil platforms. I chose for the latter because in the first case I would have installed a sculpture within a site specific sculpture - a kind of sculpture-contamination.
When I began making site specific environments, I aimed at a result like a spatial collage, or assemblage, using natural materials as well as artifacts and combining them into a new whole. This started with my first projects in Dordrecht and Zwijndrecht, Holland. Here in Ede my site specific sculpture has evolved to a point where the combining of elements from our surroundings has come together in a way that they have more affinity to each other.
The counterpart to this perpendicular geometric installation is the oblique row of organic bald cypress trees which protrude into this mathematical setting.
An addition to the row of trees, which stand in the water, is the water welling up in line with them - in the middle of the basin.
the stairs - urban oasis - 1989/1993 - environment with swamp cypresses and retaining walls, center De Rietkampen, Ede
De Gelderlander spuit modder