Commissioned in the frame of the Sol LeWitt exhibition ‘Colors’ at M Museum, Framework is a geometric sculpture in the public space. It was positioned across the ring road in Leuven, near the Joanna-Maria Artois square. The construction was conceived as a blown-up version of one of LeWitt’s open cubes. Contrary to LeWitt’s sleek minimalist aesthetics—his open cubes have no visible structure or joints and are crafted in painted wood and in steel and aluminium with a baked-on finish—the formal qualities of Open Cube 6/24 were only taken as a starting point; material-wise, the realisation of the installation was radically different. Framework is made up of crane components. In this respect, the work is all structure and no finish. Moreover, the structure was tilted and came to rest on three of its corners, instead of standing upright orthogonally. While Framework is completely static, it presents a rather dynamic, slightly unstable character. Its appearance varies depending on the axis along which the work is approached. This is further enhanced by the traffic that rushes by underneath the structure. What originated with LeWitt as an essentialist sculpture at human scale, culminated in Framework with a monumental gate-like structure.
City of Leuven
Maria Artoisplein, Leuven (BE)