Kinetic sculptures that form the perfect meeting between the aesthetics of art and engineering skills.
Giant sculptures from kinetic architecture principles shows the audience that steel can appear as light as feathers and move in beautiful organic patterns.
Anemone Magnifica is one of Volkert van der Wijk’s many kinetic sculptures that show the audience how architecturally designed objects can move in an inherently balanced way without the need of any counterbalance. His often large sculptures draw on the principles he brings from his background as a mechanical engineer. His sculptures are often large scale and present the viewer with an instant great danger – however the precision in the object eliminates all dangers.
Anemone Magnifica is a giant flower made of stainless steel and although the leaves of the flower weigh approximately 70 kg they move as light as feathers due to the balanced design. With a background strongly consolidated in both art and technology Volkert van der Wijk wishes to show that art and technology are inextricably linked.
At Highlight Delft Volkert van der Wijk also exhibits his new sculpture – Hovering Pyramids made from stainless stel With your hands you can carefully move the sculpture and bring it to different positions.
About Volkert van der Wijk
From 2002 to 2004 Volkert van der Wijk studied Art History at Leiden University after that he transferred into science and obtained his doctorate (Cum Laude) from the University of Twente (NL) in 2014 with his research on the design of dynamically balanced mechanisms . In addition to his artistic work, he has been an Assistant Professor at TU Delft (NL) since 2016.
In 2017 Volkert van der Wijk was honored with the Constructor of Excellence 2017 Award* for his achievements in scientific research on dynamic balancing and for the kinetic art sculpture Taaie Tiller. (*issued annually by Dutch technology magazine Constructeur)