testing ground for art & ecology
21 June 2014 – 30 October 2014

For the Gulls

Chiel Kuijl

chiel kuijl amstelpark
Location: Over the pond
June 21 – October 30

Chiel Kuijl designs a new work over the big pond of the Amstelpark: a
work for the birds. The installation consists of an interactive rope
sculpture with swings and two pending feeding scales: some large branches and feeding bowls above the water as a seat for birds and a swing on the side of the pond for moving the installation by people. The shape of the installation isinspired by rhizomatic growth – a principle of biology in which organisms arise from one center with roots which again consist themselves of several roots, and so on. One by one, rope by rope, plank by plank, a coherent unity is created that permanently stays in motion thanks to the open hang construction. A wave structure is revealed which makes the structure of the work visible and spreads the movement to all corners. By fixing different weights/nutrition scales at specific points an infinite imbalance is created. The birds and the elements put the movements in motion, in a network in which everythingis connected to each other. The wave motion that occurs, spreads out to all boundaries and then comes back. With the ropes a meeting point between nature and art is created.

For Chiel Kuijl nature is not an object, place, or being, but an event, a movement and a process that is constantly in motion. It is all around us, always. Nature consists of microscopic parts which in turn are connected to larger chains of parts and so forth. Clsohiel Kuijls work a consists of many small elements that make up a larger whole. Kuijls work grows as nature with its own rules and behavior. From a fascination with insects and mass behavior Kuyl started hanging and connecting a miniature habitat. From there he started to work in the open air and the challenge became how to capture free space.The installations of Chiel Kuijl consist of connectionsion in space. It is an exploration for space, t that wehe nothing that we feel around us but that only becomes visible when something takes space. Everything around us is drawn to the earth. By hanging objects in space they become more free from gravity and objects change context. Subsequently the weights are replaced by living beings and
the elements which start the movement. The public can create movement through swings, stairs and plateaus en the elements are used through wind or water catchers. The movement of one person is directly connected to another. Everything is interconnected.

Over the pond