Chain Reaction

City Council Heemskerk, NL
Knotted metal chains, galvanized
Tanja Smeets
Commissioned by the municipality of Heemskerk

The Rendorppark on the outskirts of Heemskerk is a semi-rural neighbourhood, Tanja Smeets was asked to make an artwork for this site.
Across the meadows is a view of Castricum. To the right is Uitgeest; to the left in the distance are dunes, the beach and the sea.

'This seems like the end of the inhabited world and I wanted to make something here that people can sit on to stare over the land.
The sculpture has to have a connection with the water and the algae that is almost impenetrable at the end of the summer.
My attention was caught by a pile of metal chains that looked like flowing metal. By knotting them together I made a gnarled construction that, welded at certain points, is strong enough to serve as a chair.'

The metal has been galvanized and the sculpture has developed a skin that suggests it has been submerged in the water and is semi-decayed.
Apart from a place to sit down, it has become a vanitas still life.

Welded together by DOK and galvanized by NEDCOAT Amsterdam, 1.00 x 1.50 x 0.60 m

Installing Chain Reaction
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