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Artist:

Wieland Förster

Title:

Nike 89

Year:
1999
Adress:
Glienicker Brücke
Website:
an angel and a human
You recognize Nike by looking closely. It seems as if balls are stacked. However you recognize a woman by her hips, waist, breasts and her face. On top she has two amorphous cantilevered forms.
The balls make the free-standing figure atletic: strong calves, solid legs. Eventhough there are too many balls on top of each other; you know exactly where her hips are. She has a rough and irregular surface, but still this human is attractive. What’s causing this? Would this due her powerful limbs?
It’s also because of her attitude. Standing on her toes, control over her legs, retaining her breath and power in the chest, the shoulders raised, her head relaxed in an upright position. I am thinking of a athleting diver just before jumping. She exudes strength, confidence, and dignity.
On her shoulders she has two forms that seem to move up-and-down. Could it really be so? Could this be wings? But then she can fly. It’s really so: this athletic diver is an angel.
This artwork has everything we also have. We have uglyness, even though we don’t like to know it. We are a strong, elegant and have dignity. Fortunately, we are sometimes allowed to be an angel like Nike 89 by Wieland Förster. And when we are this, we feel like an athletic diver who is weightless for a while.
By Theo, www.artatsite.com

Vertaling
een angel en een mens
Je herkent Nike alleen door goed te kijken. Het lijkt net of ballen op elkaar gestapeld zijn. Toch herken je een vrouwenfiguur met haar heupen, taille, borsten en haar gezicht. Bovenaan heeft ze twee vormeloze uitstekende vormen.
De ballen maken dat de staande figuur atletisch is: stevige kuiten, sterke billen. Ook al zijn er teveel ballen boven elkaar; je weet precies waar haar heupen zijn. Ze heeft een ruw en onregelmatig oppervlakte, maar toch is deze mens aantrekkelijk. Waar komt dit door? Zou dit komen door haar krachtige ledematen?
Het komt ook door haar houding. Staande op haar tenen, controle in haar benen, ingehouden adem en kracht in haar borst, schouders omhoog, haar hoofd ontspannen rechtop. Ik denk aan een schoonspringster vlak voordat zij spingt. Ze straalt kracht, zekerheid en waardigheid uit.
Aan haar schouders heeft ze twee vormen die omhoog en omlaag lijken te bewegen. Zou het echt zo zijn? Zouden dit vleugels? Maar dan kan ze vliegen. Het is echt zo: deze schoonspringster is een engel.
Dit kunstwerk heeft alles wat wij ook hebben. Wij hebben lelijkheid, ook al weten we dat liever niet. Wij zijn ook krachtig, elegant en waardig. Gelukkig mogen wij ook soms engel zijn, zoals Nike 89 van Wieland Förster. En als we dat zijn, voelt het als een schoonspringster die eventjes gewichtloos is.
Door Theo, www.artatsite.com

An angel or a human?
Nike 89 made by Wieland Foester is not a perfect angel, but rather a touchingly sweet person. You see wings, the sculpture is silvered, so it must be a special person. At the same time the rough finish and strange shapes make it clear that it’s human to make mistakes.
By Theo, www.artatsite.com

Compared with other artworks
Everyone knows intuitively that an Egyptian obelisk (Paris, picture 1, more information) is about human strength, intelligence, connecting earth and heaven. It is not necessary to delve into the vanity and the ubiquitous role of religion during the creation of the artwork.

This needle (Paris, Bergeret Pierre, picture 2, more information) concerns obviously the role of the ruler, his victories and longing for immortality that the artwork becomes complacent and loses sight of the social context. The artistic qualities of the artwork have a serving character or are underexposed.

Eric Orr shows with the artwork Prime Matter (Los Angeles, picture 3, more information) that humans control nature; lights the fire when and where humans wants. There is a pillar of natural stone and there is natural fire. This is a powerful and great artwork. The only thing; to me, fire is a too fierce primary power to be part of subtle art.

Iosa Ghini Massimo has made with Quattro Punti Per Una Torre (Milan, picture 4, more information) a significant, eye-catching artwork. The monumental form opens itself careful and shows the tingle interior. The sculpture stands in a courtyard of a university. Should the university recognize the desire to be strong and still be open, vulnerable and also demonstrate vitality?

This artwork Angel by Emily Young (London, picture 5, more information) has the potential to say meaningful things about the role of the European tradition because it combines elements from this tradition creatively. On top of a number of pillars a face is superimposed. The eyes, nose and mouth are surrounded by coarse hair. The face radiates self-confidence, strength and sympathy. To me, a column is an important supporting element of a building with a social or religious function. By putting a face on a pedestal, I am thinking of the people who shaped this social or religious function.
By Theo, www.artatsite.com