Freight is a series of 45 large and 328 small autonomous sculptures that were created during the period 2013-2014. All sculptures were molded and cast. The height and wingspan can reach over 2 meters. The sculptures find their origin in the world of container terminals, but once they have been molded and cast they turn into more abstract entities. All sculptures of this series were created so that they can function anywhere. The final composition and tension is determined on-site.
Exposed as an installation, Freight poses a challenge: visitors will be immersed in a violent sea of information; measures, the scale and the autonomy of the sculpture are being played with. In order to navigate through all the sculptures, visitors will have to determine their own pace. Freight reaches out to them: the overall composition creates a bond, insight and strength. Natural laws are respected: gravity is present and familiarity is ensured.
Freight is about a gigantic mass. This mass does not move at first sight, but that is only apparent; this mass of containers, cranes and transport always moves, always expresses heaviness . In order to design and construct Freight both the past and present were used as an inspiration source without wanting to give a view of the future. It is clear that the here and now have the upper hand. Even today, the sculptures already reveal their faded glory. Time as an everlasting moment; the present as the past.
A powerful series of sculptures is achieved through the strong fixation with fast cars and machines; the adding and removing of elements enters into a dialogue with the exploration of one’s own feelings, causing a permanent tension.
Drafts, short cuts and flashbacks helped to tame this animal. Having an overview remains important. Each sculpture is considered autonomous. It can stand out by itself as well as in group. Freight is like walking on a tightrope: it is about creating the right tension between volumes, machines, containers and pedestals in order to achieve great balance. These sculptures balance on ‘the border’ by their shape and narrative character.