Permanent public work. The International Criminal Court. The Hague, Netherlands. Commissioned by The Danish Art Council 2015.
Linear Volume. Laminated ash, smoaked oak, cobber and stainless steel. 1200 x 250 x 150 cm. 2015
Photos by STAMERS KONTOR and ADAM MØRK
The main idea behind the work is to span the length of the elongated void above the reception desk with a sculptural, dynamic object of wood. The sweeping curves and warm, tactile feel of the wood contrasts the architectural space and materials which mainly is glass, stone and metal. It is hovering in the space as a generous gesture reaching out and assembling in one flowing movement back and forth - in a balancing act between one side and the other.
The long thin space forms a void loaded with invisible boundaries: on first floor level the void spans between two footbridges leading to the main court room – one for the defence and one for the prosecution. Right below the footbridges on ground floor level are the public entrances to the court room.
The artwork creates a connecting space in the void. It consist of six identical, long wooden bands reaching out from each end of the space. The wooden bands come together in the centre forming an intimate, democratic cylindrical space.
To see a film about the process of building the new premises for The International Criminal Court click here. Skip to min: 09:00 and again min: 16:50 where there is short bits about this specific artwork.
Laminating process in ashwood. Photos by Simon Both and Eske Rex
Details for hanging structure in smoked oak, cobber and stainless steel.
Woodwork: Eske Rex and Peter Bauder Sørensen
Lighting Design: Jesper Kongshaug
Engineering consultancy: Thomas Kirstein Ingeniørrådgivning