For the vibrant heart of Heerlen on one of the most evocative modernist buildings in the Netherlands, Frank Havermans has designed and made an architectural intervention. The artwork KAPKAR/ ZM-S*B3-JH is a construction that clings to SCHUNCK * Glass Palace. In this work, Havermans unites the imagery of industrial architecture associated with the history of mining with the future image of robotics.
The work has cautiously clamped itself with its long robot arms amazingly light around the building because it is not allowed to actually fasten itself to the modernistic monument. It does not touch the ground because it does not want to occupy a ground space itself. It’s united for several months with the heart of the centre of Heerlen, once one of the most thriving cities in The Netherlands caused by the mining industry.
With the work, Havermans catalyses the thought of urban identity and visualizes an interlayer about history and future. The map of shaft tower 3 from the disappeared industrial mining architecture of Heerlen is used as a base and is processed upside down in the installation. The wheel located at the top of the shaft is omitted. This wheel would have hung at the bottom of the installation. With this deliberate elimination that would keep a historical movement in motion, the installation ends at seven meters above the street surface. It is a moment that points downwards to the Heerlen mining history which lies underground and the urban area that is continuously used and built, from where the changes take place. The visual resonance towards the ruthless disappearance of the industrial architecture which is still a part of the collective memory and the impact of a future innovative visual language provides mental space for the values of thinking about the architecture of the city and the potential of its appearance.
until November 12, 2017 but most likely it stays longer
1120 cm x 1230 cm x 780 cm
wood, steel, steel cable
Studio Frank Havermans
Design: Frank Havermans
Manufacturing: Frank Havermans, Koos Schaart Adventures
On invitation by Lene ter Haar, director
assisted by Floor van Dijk, curator and Fabian de Kloe, writer
KAPKARTOFUD # Storefront
Schunck* Glaspaleis, Heerlen
Entitled KAPKARTOFUD # Storefront Frank Havermans is simultaneously presenting a second new installation in the 30-metre-long store historical modernistic shop window of SCHUNCK* Glaspaleis, an eye of glass in the city.
It is composed of three large elements which have been constructed from fragments taken from earlier installations on which and against which models are displayed. As a result of the process, these think-, design- and conclusion models – literally Havermans’ three-dimensional blueprints – take on an autonomous status.
This element landscape of models is suggestive of how architecture might otherwise be practiced. An architectural dialect which – parallel to refined language – envisages a richer style of construction.
until November 12, 2017
2970 cm x 320 cm x 297 cm
wood, steel cable
Design by Frank Havermans, Karin van Pinxteren
Manufacturing by Frank Havermans, Stephan Valk, Karin van Pinxteren, Jeroen Evertz, Torsten Eurlings, Ralf Nevels, Ivo Straetmans/ Studio Noto
This project is made possible by: Mondrian Fund, BPD Cultuurfonds, SCHUNCK*
photo credits © René de Wit Architectuurfotografie