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Sculpture - Steel - Black lacquered

Unique

650 x 340 x 580 cm

This work can be viewed on location.

Lot essay

Metal Black Stilthouse

More than 6 metres high, a fragile structure of black steel planks and poles rises above us. Despite its fragility, it is a monumental presence that impresses by rivalling the dimensions of trees or buildings. As a reminder of our own fragility, the frailty of human beings, puny and temporary.

Yet the Stilthouses were not conceived by Arne Quinze to challenge or belittle us. For the artist, his designs depict human beings whose fragility is no different from ours. They look shaky, resting on narrow, tiny stilts, ready to collapse at the slightest counterforce. But look: exposed to the elements, they stay upright and survive the action of rain and wind. It is an ode to the strength and balance of human beings who know how to adapt to all situations and remain resilient.

Where we previously felt intimidated by this manifest construction, we recognise that it was actually designed as a way to help us connect with nature. It is large in the way that we too are always trying to reach out and see beyond. This architectural sculpture keeps watch over its surroundings and allows us to protect ourselves without sacrificing the idea of openness needed to keep evolving as a society. It is a typical concept for an artist whose oeuvre revolves around creating connection and promoting interaction between people and their environment.

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