Work Story: Bridge Sculpture made out of color pencils

Work Story: Bridge Sculpture made out of color pencils

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Questioning my Significance

This document is in progress during the creation of the artwork.

The Idea

In one sentence: A bridge-sculpture of 2 meters (6 ft/6.7402 in) made out of (sponsored) color pencils.

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The Venue

The Color Pencil Bridge Sculpture will be exhibited at Het Kunst-Torentje (The Art-Turret) in Almelo. This art turret is a quaint little tower in the city of Almelo in the province Twente.

I choose this place to show this work. The work will be made especially for this location. Don’t you think the art turret doesn’t look a little bit like a pencil standing upright? 

Kim Engelen, Questioning my Significance, Het Kunst-Torentje like a penci, Almelo, November 2021

The administration

I had sent my plan to Het Kunst-Torentje  And I was delighted when I received the green light to do so. Now I could bring my idea into reality. I received a working budget, which was paid upfront (after signing the contract and sending my invoice). Because of all my traveling and living abroad, I didn’t have a valid WA insurance (liability insurance). Which I took care of 1 month before the exhibition period. 

Almelo is 2 hours by car from where I am living now in Maasbracht. This means I have to check if I will stay the night (and book a room) or drive back and from on one day. One friend offered me to stay in Vorden, which is about 1 hour drive by car from Almelo. I will be transporting the artwork in a jeep, which is not my own car. So I will have to see if what I will do. Or perhaps I will create or assemble the artwork there at the location.

Calculating

The big window to see the artwork is 400 meter high and 277 wide. And 270 deep.
This means that the sculpture can bye  270 cm max in its doorsnee.

Size

But it should not be to be nor too small for the space. So I think 180 cm would be a awesome size. It would be as long as a tall Dutch man. However the smaller side-window where the sculpture has to enter and exit is 138 high and 102 wide. So the sculpture should not be taller/higher than 138 cm high. And not broader then 102 cm.

Or I should construct it from several parts. Then I could also use the height of the tower—which I would like,, since the Art Turret is 4 meters hight. So if it could be as high as it is long would be awesome.
180 x 180 x 100. It has to be practical do for the moving. I have to my disposal a Toyota Jeep. 

Heaviness

Also I have to take into account the heaviness of the sculpture made out of color-pencils. A box of 100 color-pencils weights about 574 gram. 1000 would mean 5,75 kilo. 1 color pencils is about 17 cm long. 
To make 1 line of 180 cm of pencils, requires about 10,5 color-pencils. And a bridge is not a line. It is a mass, length x width x depth. Perhaps if the towers of the bridge become 180cm tall they need a certain thickness. 

The making of the work/The Creation

Sketch

The Artwork / The Result

The setup period

I will go on the 1-11-2021 and meet Menno from NTK (Stichting Nieuwe Twentse Kunst). He will give me the key so I can go work and setup the artwork in het Kunst-Torentje (Art Turret). I have around six days the time to get ready for the opening

The exhibition

Opening on the 6th of November.
Exhibition period 6-11 t/m 12-12 2021

Address

Govert Flinckstraat 24
7606 AJ Almelo

Thank you

I want to thank the sponsors of the color pencils for believing in my idea and giving me all those color pencils! Thank you Menno Dimitri Ouderkerk from Stichting Nieuwe Twentse Kunst for creating a platform for contemporary art and giving me the opportunity to create and show my work. 

Finalising

Now the exhibition period is over and I will go back once more to pick up the artwork and to empty and clean the space. And then it soon will be Christmas. I have made photos from the sculpture. So perhaps you would like one as a beautiful art gift for the upcoming holiday.

Kim Engelen, Questioning my Significance, Upcoming in Het Kunst-Torentje, Almelo, November 2021
Kim Engelen, Blue Color-Pencil, 2021

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