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Proposal for Skulptur-Biennale Munsterland-Kreis Borken 2005
The Schoppingen Berg established itself as a landscape that had a strong physical and theoretical framework. Gridded road, track and path systems; huge wind turbines invisibly generating energy; mysterious stone markers; the Kapelles next to oak trees; shelters for cyclists and dog walkers; kite flying and the views from the area; all act as punctuation points on various routes of pilgrimage.
The Kapelles found in the locality were of particular interest in relation to ideas of imperceptibility and personal confrontation with latent history. The cryptic artefacts in the Kapelles act as transistors of meaning. The direction of the altars relates to how the viewer is orientated in the space. The roofs pointing skyward imply the potential for reverent communication. The action of cleaning the soles of your shoes prior to entering. The bars separating the public from the altar. The hidden knowledge of accepted systems of belief.
Through the distillation and re-modelling of elements from existing Kapelles and considering their function and location in this elevated area, Virus proposes to construct a Kunst Kapelle (see model and map). The site proposed is on the main route from Schoppingen to Berg Kapelle and, like the Kapelle, at a crossroads. This sculpture takes its inspiration from the dormant qualities of the existing Kapelles and intends to acknowledge and adapt to the elements of its location. Its architectural ambiguity opens up the potential for individual interpretation prompted but unlimited by inherited knowledge. The Kunst Kapelle should stand distinctly but individual components will be reminiscent of the Kapelles that inspire it.
The crux of the work is in the secluded chamber at one corner, only seen from two of the vertical sides of the concrete base. A sculptural interpretation of the latent history of the rural area will be placed in this vitrine. Carving this object in stone acknowledges the traditional skills used in religious iconography, sculpture and architecture. This chamber could be interpreted as the altar of the Kapelle containing the ‘bones’ of the idea; relating to the latent belief that the bones of a saint are found in the altars of catholic churches.
The glass canopy
but being open at the sides allows a wider experience of the
weather elements than existing Kapelles.
Virus believes that these complex and cryptic details are an essential product of collaboration and, in this instance, might establish a form of oral tradition amongst the visiting population, perhaps developing a new form of folklore.
To ensure the fabric of the sculpture fits appropriately in Kreis Borken all work intends to be carried out in the area using local industry and materials. The concrete base will be cast using locally sourced cement. The glass canopy should be manufactured in the area and supported by steel bars made by a local metal fabrication company. Directional plaques (example enclosed) will be placed as markers throughout the Schoppingen Berg area detailing directions to the Kunst Kapelle and suggesting times of visit. This creates another route of pilgrimage and pays respect to the local environment and the various ways it is used.
Kunst Kapelle is
real to the area, referencing the surrounding environment and triggering
of personal interpretation. Whilst acknowledging the local latent history,
the work intends to establish a platform for contemplation and questioning,
the artefacts and physical processes in systems of belief and understanding.
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