INGES IDEE, Receiver (2010). Copenhagen (Denmark)

INGES IDEE, Receiver (2010). Copenhagen (Denmark)
 Receiver is a permanent installation by studio Inges Idee (Berlin) in Copenhagen (Denmark). This public artwork was commissioned by Statens Kunstfonds (The Danish Arts Foundation) for DR Byen - the newly built headquarter of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation in Copenhagen. Architects: Vilhelm Lauritzen Architekten, Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Receiver is a 19-meter, mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture that combines the primal form of the egg with modern communications technology.

DR Byen houses an ambitious media and culture center in top-notch architecture. In front of the monumental building complexes stands Receiver - a sculpture that, with its mirroring surface, its organic form, and its antenna shooting diagonally 19 meters up, asserts itself in this architectonic ensemble and corresponds directly with the content of public broadcasting.

The seamless juxtaposition of egg and antenna seems unaccustomed and at the same time a matter of course. Reflection and communication are the two key concepts dealt with here. Nature and high-tech, terminator and comic, cocooning and communication encounter each other and form a contemplative, almost spiritual resting point against the backdrop of the dynamic media hub. The sculpture bundles its entire environment on the curved surface, as if on a screen: the sky, the huge architectures, and the passing people. Factually and symbolically, it conveys a constantly timely reflection of the present-day world.

inges idee is a Berlin-based cooperation of four artists; Hans Hemmert, Axel Lieber, Thomas Schmidt and Georg Zey. They have been focusing on public art since more than 15 years, having recently installed projects in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Canada, amongst them The Drop, a 65-foot tall sculpture in the form of an elegant, abstracted raindrop at the Vancouver Convention Centre (2009) and Running Track , a monumental public sculpture that depicts a hybrid between a runner and a racetrack at the Terwillegar Community Recreation centre in Edmonton (2010).

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