Atelier VAN LIESHOUT, Cascade (2009). Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Atelier Van Lieshout was commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam to create a new monumental sculpture for its home city Rotterdam. It is its first permanent public art work for Rotterdam's public space.
Designed for the city centre, Cascade is an obelisk (eight meter high plague column) created out of barrels human shapes. The apparent loosely piled barrels are kept in place by human figures. These figures hang onto the cans, withdraw from the stream and climb to the top of the pile. "Always striving for a solution" according to Joep van Lieshout.
Bringing to mind victory monuments like the plague column in Vienna, a pedestal of angels and the holy trinity, the sculpture brings about questions of representing a victory monument or is this a mere apocalyptic vision.
The sculpture has been placed on Churchillplein, surrounded by heavy traffic and the static financial district.
Photo (c) : Atelier van Lieshout