Work of art
This work of art measures 200 m2 and is made up of 75 welded, elbow shaped cylinders made of stainless steel. Each of the cylinders is on average 80 cm high and 130 cm long. Mobile cylinders which are sensitive to the airflow are attached to the fixed pieces which protrude from the ceiling. Fans which blow in different directions can also increase the movement of the air, and consequently that of the cylinders. In order to limit the movements, the components are linked to the cylinders that are fixed to the ceiling with an invisible chain. The cylinders are matt on the outside but polished on the inside, in order to obtain shiny, concave mirrors. They reflect rays of light and deform reflections of objects into unrecognisable shapes. Pol Bury has integrated surprise and unpredictability into his impressive ceiling art.
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POL BURY (1922 – 2005)
He studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Mons, joined the surrealist group “Rupture” and also worked with the Cobra movement. When he discovered the sculptor Alexander Calder, the movement appealed to him and he abandoned painting to take up sculpture instead. Pol Bury concentrates on the art of movement and focuses on three elements: form, space and movement, which confer new energy to the work of art. He applied the theory for the first time in the “plans mobiles”, compositions in which the flat components could slide on top of each other with the help of a hand. His “multiplans” were more kinetic, as they were powered by electricity. In 1971 he went on to create large - or rather colossal - works of art. Slow movements are characteristic of his works, which are often contradictory. Bury is at ease working as a painter, sculptor or graphic artist.