an object named ‘Taken Wings’

‘Taken Wings’ at the Silo Gallery

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Originally designed around 1989, the object was to be part of the exhibition ‘the Toy Shop’, which was part of the Nouveau Nihilist ‘de Tentoonstelling’ (december 1989).

It consists of a model and a large paper backdrop.

‘Taken Wings’ is based on a scale model of the fuselage of a Boeing 747, but it was given the wings of a bat. The size of the wings of the original model corresponded beautifully with those of the batwings, forming a believable hybrid between animal and machine.

The artist then gave the object a coating of silver leaf, which started oxidizing to a silvery black over the years.

 Polaroid shots of the unfinished object, plaster and gesso on plastic, metal frame.

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