As a teenager I had the idea that Belgium’s massive traffic problems would be solved if we would all be driving motorbikes, since we drive alone in a four-seat car claiming way more space then needed. A fully enclosed, electric motorbike was the solution. A very utopian but naïve concept.
Although it neglects the laws of gravity and aerodynamics, I could not keep myself from ‘designing’ around this new construction.
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, 2013.
A Masterclass organised by Athar Jaber to do something with a huge abandoned plinth in the Academy (ca. 250x250x250). It used to hold the statue of David Teniers, founder of the Academy in 1663.
‘The impressive statue of Teniers has been moved over the city of Antwerp multiple times, as happened to many other statues too. The impression that they’re just pawns on a chess field, easily picked up to another place leaving an empty space, provokes the need of preservation. Leave the statue and the memory of Teniers were it belongs, in the courtyard of the Academy, surrounded by his life work.
Thus my contribution to illustrate this situation by placing a huge chess piece, the Knight, over the plinth. Guarding it’s position and content.’
‘The Knight’, 4x4cm wood, H 750cm, 2013.