Posted On: March 25, 2003
In Wim Delvoye’s Gothic: Caterpillar & Chantier, sacred merges with secular, past meets present, and ornament overcomes strict functionality. In his life-size replicas of Caterpillar excavators, Delvoye juxtaposes medieval craftsmanship with machine-age technology. These massive sculptures are made in COR-TEN steel and perforated with Gothic filigree, transforming familiar icons of productivity into ornate, non-utilitarian objects. Caterpillar will be on view at Central Park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza and at Madison Square Park. A second Caterpillar sculpture will be on view as part of Chantier, a full construction site in Madison Square Park of elegant Gothic equipment including shovels, a wheelbarrow, barricades, traffic cones, and a concrete mixer.
About the Artist
Wim Delvoye was born in in 1965 in Wervik, Belgium and currently lives in Ghent, Belgium. He has had recent solo exhibitions at New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Sperone Westwater, New York; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, England; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. His work has been included in major international exhibitions including the 48th Venice Biennale (1999) and Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany (1992).
Wim Delvoye’s Gothic is organized in collaboration with the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and made possible through the cooperation and support of the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation.