Can you feel the weight of the light from above? Maybe you can if you raise your sights and look up at Lawrence Weiner’s textual picture at the entrance to ARKEN.
Outside ARKEN’s main entrance the metre-high, acute-angled wall leads your gaze skywards. Try putting words to the sky and the landscape you find yourself in. That’s what American artist Lawrence Weiner did in the form of a sculptural poem written on the wall in giant letters and symbols.
A gift for you
The work was created specially for ARKEN and its surrounding scenery. It uses words, symbols, colours, scales and space. But it’s not just a piece of poetry, a sculpture or an installation. It’s a gift for you, to reinforce your experience of being in a specific place. You can also take it with you as a memory or as a photo – to be shared with others of course.
About Lawrence Weiner
Weiner’s earliest works consisted of craters in California’s landscape, which he created using explosions. Since then he has worked with wall installations, art books, film, sound, performance, sculpture and much more. Language and visual elements’ influence on language are his most important tools.
Lawrence Weiner is one of the most important creators of the concept art that began in the 1960s. In concept art, the art is not an expression of the artist’s own feelings or unique execution of a work. It’s the idea that is the main element.
Born in 1942 in the Bronx, New York, USA.
Lives and works in New York and Amsterdam.
A self-taught artist.
Has won many international awards.
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