Archive for October, 2013

Kröller-Müller Museum Sculpture Park (part 2)

02/10/2013
Marta Pan, Sculpture flottante, 1960-1961

Marta Pan, Sculpture flottante, 1960-1961

In my post of 20 July 2013, I promised more of my favourite works at the Kröller-Müller Museum Sculpture Park. This Sculpture flottante is eye-catching and I enjoyed watching it as it floated in the water revealing a different shape all the time. To me the reflection of the sculpture in the water becomes part of the sculpture, and is more fragile depending on the amount of ripples the wind makes in the water. It was made by French sculptor Marta Pan. Born in Hungary in 1923, she travelled to Paris in 1947 and took on French nationality in 1952. She not only designed this sculpture, but also the shape of the pond and the design of the park. The nickname for this artwork is “The Swan” and you can see why here: The Swan.

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower, 1968

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower II, 1968

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower II, 1968

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower II, 1968

This amazing sculpture by American sculptor and photographer Kenneth Snelson (born 29 June 1927) is made out of aluminium cylinders and stainless steel cable and is 28 metres high. It is fascinating to see how this all holds together, and how high it is! It looks so fragile and looks like it could all collapse in an instant. Apparently, when one cable snaps, it will. The first version of the Needle Tower was built in 1968. It is in Washington and 18m high. On Snelson’s webpage you will find an explanation of tensegrity as well as other information, including his family album with some nice historical images, including one where he repairs Needle Tower II. In this image I deliberately left out the surrounding trees, as I did not want to show any reference points, but show it like it is floating in the air, just like the idea of this artwork.


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