House of Worship, Gallery de Pieter, Leiden, 4 August 2012. Toroa studies, Sen thinks, Koen improvises on clarinet.
Sen McGlinn’s project for the December 2012 – January 2013 RAVE (Rotorua Artist Village
Sculpture for community spirit
A few photos of a sculpture made in nine parts out of recycled wood in June 2012 in the Netherlands just to give a rough idea.
The RAVE sculpture which will have its own look depending on the wood and the participants involved.
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We built this sculpture for two projects. The first was as part of the Leiden city artist studios “OpenMakers” project where artists work in old shop in the centre of the city allowing the public to come in see what they are doing.
For our three month residency this “House of Worship” was the third of our sculptural works. The first was a house-like sculpture “Room of Memories” for the “OpenLuchtHotel” festival which took place in 30 historic locations. Our location was in the courtyard area at the back of these studios which was adjacent to the Leiden Concert hall, the LVC a pop/rock music venue, and the 14th century Aalmarkt buildings. See pictures of what we made here >>
6 July 2012, during the opening, Sen and Toroa read for one hour as a performance. Others there noticed this, found some reading material and sat down to read as well.
6 July 2012 three readers seated in the House of Worship
6 July 2012, six seated in the House of Worship during the exhibition opening
6 July 2012, Sen reads
So first we built this sculpture in the Leiden city “OpenMakers” studio and then it ended up in the “ZomerGasten” exhibition in the “De Pieter” gallery which is run by a collective of Leiden artists. The gallery is in an old 1950s post office. Our intent with the sculpture was not only to provide seating ‘inside’ the art and art that could be changed (each piece could be moved) but also to bring some ‘spirit’ into the work as well, so we organized a few events. During the opening there was an hour long performance by Sen and Toroa where both sat and read. Others at the opening noticed this and decided to do likewise and so first they hunted for reading material and then joined in to sit and read. Of course others asked them what they were doing and discussions inside this sculpture ensued.
Then some friends visiting the work said, “wouldn’t it be fun to play music in here” and so our first 2 hour jam session was on July 15th were we supplied a few instruments and others brought their own. We had so much fun that we repeated this on July 22nd and then again on August 4th and the 11th, each time with new people participating either spontaneously as visitors to the exhibition or via the Facebook announcements. Links on Youtube: 2 minute video from August 4th >>
5 minute video from July 15th >>