1994 Park van Brussel - Parc de Bruxelles

Installation for the exhibition “De Ateliers 1985 -1993”, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium

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“For his work in the park in Brussels Doorenweerd selected a site, a position with a panoramic outlook. The work was placed at a crossroads of wide avenues with views in all directions. As the park is situated on a hill the location alone offered a splendid view over the city itself. The “chairs” appeared, at first sight, to be standing in a sort of circle but not quite facing one another. A person seated on one of the “chairs” would look not at but just past the person sitting on the chair more or less in front of him. Further consideration brought to light that the constellation was based on a floor plan with two intersecting axes in X-shape. The chairs were circled around the intersection like rotating helicopter blades. The height of the seats was constructed in such a way that a person sitting on a chair was at the same eye-level as people walking past in the park. In Brussels the work resulted in a division of the Belgians: into those with and those without self-confidence, for the person who sat on a chair was aware that he was exposed to the public view. Incidentally this does not imply that he was in an inferior position. Because those standing and walking around him could also feel “involved”and thus uncomfortable.” (Elly Stegeman)