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Oculus

Concept and design for a sculpture

For 100 days, a dome dominated the terrace of Leeuwarden’s city theatre, De Harmonie. A sculpture that captured the biggest and smallest part of life: ourselves and infinity.

In 2018, Dutch city Leeuwarden was named Cultural Capital of Europe. During the whole year, cultural activities took place in the city as well as the province of Friesland under the name ‘Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018’. For this special occasion, Arthur Oostvogel – director of De Harmonie, built a pop-up summer terrace next to the city theatre. As a fan of his earlier work, Oostvogel invited Studio Koen Steger to feature as one of the five upcoming artists that would contribute to Leeuwarden-Fryslan 2018. The assignment: create something developed from your own fascination. A carte blanche, limited only by budget and a singular theme: circular.

The biggest and smallest part of life in one glance

Inspired by a fascination of reflection, the concept of Oculus took form: a dome with a span of 7 metres, made out of mirrored panels. In the middle of the installation was a hole featuring a span of 2 metres. Whilst looking at the mirrors, spectators were able to see themselves and their surroundings. At the same time, they stared into ‘the universe’ through the hole in the middle. All the materials that made up the Oculus are circular and the whole installation can be broken down and built up again in its exact replication.

Oculus was on display for 100 days in Leeuwarden during Leeuwarden Frysland 2018 Cultural Capital of Europe.

“It’s not the terrace itself that catches the eye, but the installation Oculus that draws all the attention.” – Leeuwarder Courant

Details:
Dimensions:                 7 x 7 x 6 metres 
Period:                          2018
Material:                       Steel, mirrors and LED light

Credits:
Commissioned by:        Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie Leeuwarden
Built by:                         Dox Imagemakers
Photos:                          Robert van der Ree

In the media:
Leeuwarder Courant
Huis aan Huis Leeuwarden