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Rock on top of another rock

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Posted by Mark Sinclair, 14 March 2013, 16:17    Permalink    Comments (3)

Fischli/Weiss, Installation view, Rock on Top of Another Rock 2012, Serpentine Gallery, London. © Peter Fischli David Weiss. Photograph: 2013 Morley von Sternberg

As one of the last works that artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss conceived of before Weiss's death in April last year, Rock On Top of Another Rock is quite the tribute to the pair's creative partnership...

Fischli/Weiss, Installation view, Rock on Top of Another Rock 2012, Serpentine Gallery, London. © Peter Fischli David Weiss. Photograph: 2013 Morley von Sternberg

Fischli/Weiss's five metre tall piece, formed of two huge boulders of igneous granite, was unveiled last week outside the Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens.

The good people behind the top notch Phaidon blog attended the opening and recorded Fischli's comments about the work. "In Norway and here," Fischli said, "to put one rock on top of another rock in the wilderness is the first thing you do if you want to make a mark. When you walk and you want to find your way back... you make this mark. It is a very archaic, simple thing, but it is referencing the [Robert] Venturi duck. We wanted to make something that forces you to stop your car and get out to take a photograph."

CR hasn't yet seen the piece in the flesh, so to speak, but the images from the gallery (some of which cleverly show a few tiny children milling about the base) suggest it's a piece full of tension as the rocks appear to stand rather precariously – only a small area of the bottom rock is actually touching the ground.

Fischli/Weiss, Installation view, Rock on Top of Another Rock 2012, Serpentine Gallery, London. © Peter Fischli David Weiss. Photograph: 2013 Morley von Sternberg

See serpentinegallery.org for more details and an interview between Fischli and curator, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

The rocks will be on show until 6 March 2014. The work is presented by the Serpentine Gallery in collaboration with The Royal Parks and Modus Operandi, and is supported by the Qatar Museums Authority.

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3 Comments

"igneous granite", is there another kind?
1
2013-03-18 12:45:07


Rockin.
Sam
2013-03-18 16:27:23


simply stunning
Christian
2013-03-19 13:18:09


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