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25.09.2013 NEWS

Silokunst i Haderslev: Victor Ash @ Kunstfonden Foto: Simon Skipper Christiansen.

Silo art in Haderslev

Silo art in Haderslev is one of Denmark’s most elevated artworks. Artist Victor Ash has transformed a 29-metre high concrete silo in Haderslev Harbour into a public work of art. Sharks, fish and whales now look out over the city, evoking thoughts about man’s relationship with nature.

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Towering art
The French-Portuguese artist Victor Ash has decorated the 1,537 m² surface of the harbour silo with marine animals. Sharks, fish, and whales meet your gaze when you look out over the old commercial harbour and see six silos measuring between 6.5 and 10 metres in diameter.

The silos are an exciting project because of their size and round shape. I have used this in the creative process, so the shape of the silos and their location by the water have been a part of what I wanted to express. In similar projects abroad, I’ve worked with large formats with animal motifs that appear in unusual ways in the urban space, says Victor Ash.

Victor Ash, who has a background as a graffiti artist, has done wall paintings in many other countries – for example, he has created large animal motifs in Austria, Germany, Spain and Korea.  He resides in Copenhagen, where, among other things, he has done works forthe architectural firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) for the prize-winning construction VM Bjerget [The VM Mountain].

Nature and city
Victor Ash’s works are interested in exploring the clash between life in the city and alienation from nature.

The former grain silo will be transformed into a window for sea creatures to look out over the city, so you become a bit disturbed and think: What is this? Who is observing whom? Victor Ash says.

The silo’s neighbours from SkateCity are also exploiting the work and its shape – from now on, one of the silo walls will become a climbing wall. Here, there will be an opportunity for direct eye contact between human and animal.

The eye contact, according to Victor Ash, is a conscious artistic ploy to make us human beings stop and face the animals as equals. The point is to make us reflect on how we treat nature and the animals in it.

Past meets present
The silo is a historic relic that points back to the time when Haderslev Harbour was teeming with industry.  But the raw concrete silos will now also have an aesthetic and practical function. Mainland and ocean meet, and the silo functions as a visual approach to an urban context. It can be seen from a far distance and points toward the harbour as an attractive site.  Moreover, there will be a climbing wall on its west side, so you can climb up between and through the fish.

Past meets present; and the past finds a new use, says Victor Ash.

The artwork, which has been financed by the Danish Arts Council and the Municipality of Haderslev, will open on September 27 in Haderslev. In connection with the opening, the Haderslev Art Association will present other – smaller – works by Victor Ash.

The art project was financed in a collaboration between the Danish Arts Council and the Municipality of Haderslev. The financial framework was DKK 1 million of which the Municipality of Haderslev contributed DKK 250,000.

Contact information for the artist, Victor Ash: +45 30264535 / va@victorash.net

For additional information about the project from the Municipality of Haderslev, Jørn Mejer: +45 7434 1740 or +45 2141 9030 / jmha@haderslev.dk

The Danish Agency for Culture, Søren Staun: +45 3374 5035 / sst@kulturstyrelsen.dk

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