WUR 2007

What to do with a large group of statues left homeless by the relocation of the University of Wageningen? A sketch assignment that posed the question of recycling art. These statues once surrounded the buildings owned by the university throughout Wageningen. But now all faculties were to be united under one 'roof' in a new location, leaving the statues homeless.

Instead of selling the lot we wanted to do justice to the choices made in the past. By regrouping the statues based on the period in which they were made, regardless of our 20th century sense of aesthetics, 8 groups could be formed.
Each group was to be clustered along the main path. (The path should be seen as a timeline with the sculpture groups marking the periods.) The sculpture clusters would be placed within a bed of crops typical for the era in which the sculptures were made (Crops rather then flowers, since one of the specialties of the University is its seed and crop research.) To complete a cluster we would add a plaque with a very detailed description of the art, the artist, the period, the technique used, former location, crop, use of the crop, political relevance of the crop etc.
As an extra the plaque would refer to a website with even more detailed information. To us, the most important change on how we perceive food (another forte of the university) is the introduction of product information. Information that enables choices, amongst others in the field of politics and health awareness. We wanted to do the same for art by adding to the sculpture clusters as much information as possible.

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