Skulpturenpark Köln

KölnSkulptur #6
Participating artists
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Dirk Skreber
Dirk Skreber
Reaktor, 2009
car, steel, shotcrete, wood, gravel

Permanent loan Michael and Eleonore Stoffel Stiftung and Stiftung Skulpturenpark Köln
represented at KölnSkulptur 5 6
Sitll resonating with the acceleration of the car and the impact of the collision, the deformed construct evokes an image of gruesome beauty. In 1909, the first Futurist Manifesto celebrated "The Beauty of Speed". Exactly one hundred years later Dirk Skreber (* 1961) exhibits a car wreck, which as a metaphor of destruction can be read as a demonstration of the resurgence of energy through speed and of the cathartic impact of destruction itself. Indeed, it could serve as an early 21st century response to the stated aims of the Futurists. Yet the work also elicits a positive response from the visitor: Below in the hole, the human body is exposed to the full energy field of the Reaktor (in which the production energy, the velocity energy and the deformation energy are stored). In keeping with the artist's intention, viewers find themselves returning to daily reality in a reinvigorated, energetically-charged state.