Pendulum

Gijs Assmann

'Pendulum' (2020)

High polished stainless steel

9,07 x 4,50 x 4,20 meter

Realised in collaboration with Kamp en Van Gulik and Schmees Art in Pirna (Germany)

 

 ‘Pendulum’ – a sculpture for the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) at the Amsterdam Zuidas business district. It is a fluid, circular line, cast in stainless steel, that appears to flow and float nine meters up into the air. Due to its mirror-polished surface, the sculpture reflects the colors and shapes of its surroundings.  

 The most important starting point for the design of ‘Pendulum’ was the concept of visualizing this agency’s dynamic and multifaceted identity in a contemporary manner. In order to accomplish this, I took molecular structures, enzyme structures or protein structures as my point of reference. Fundamental and clinical knowledge is required for the development of new and pioneering medicines. Proteins play an important role in the many complex processes that take place in the human body. I used these structures in an airy, playful and associative manner in the design for ‘Pendulum,’ which might thus serve as a symbol for the identity of the EMA.    

 What appealed to me most in rendering these structures is the suggestion of dynamism and movement. As a sculptor, I’m inherently interested in the effect of gravity and the manner in which a sculpture is ‘in balance.’ ‘Pendulum’ appears – like a still life – to defy gravity in an airy, mobile and energetic atmosphere, thus visualizing a state of equilibrium between opposing forces or equilibrium itself.  

 
 The official unveiling of ‘Pendulum’ will be accompanied by a publication containing images of the sculpture and documenting its genesis. The book is designed by Roel Klaverstijn and includes photos by Friso Keuris and an essay on ‘Pendulum’ by Gijs Frieling.   

2020

  • 'Pendulum' (detail)

    photography Friso Keuris

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    photography Frisp Keuris

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    photography Friso Keuris

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    photography Friso Keuris

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    photography Friso Keuris

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  • 'Pendulum'

    Gijs Assmann

    'Pendulum' (2020)

    High polished stainless steel

    9,07 x 4,50 x 4,20 meter

    photography Friso Keuris

    Realised in collaboration with Kamp en Van Gulik and Schmees Art in Pirna (Germany)

    ‘Pendulum’ – a sculpture for the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) at the Amsterdam Zuidas business district. It is a fluid, circular line, cast in stainless steel, that appears to flow and float nine meters up into the air. Due to its mirror-polished surface, the sculpture reflects the colors and shapes of its surroundings.  

    http://www.gijsassmann.com/project/pendulum

     

    'Pendulum'
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  • EMA, Amsterdam

    photography Friso Keuris

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