Vokseværk is an interdisciplinary art project by Harald Hermanrud, student at the Royal Danish School of Design. The project is designed as part of the project FRI:rum – a special exhibition at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning based on the redevelopment of the 100 year old exhibition space. The purpose of the project is to convey cultural history by combining design skills with traditional crafts and modern industry.
The project leads to a number of innovative sculptures: Crystals in white and blue tiles grow out of the ground as a symbol of time, succession and growth.
The inspiration is found in physical and intellectual output from the building’s history as well as from the artist, ceramist and architect of the building – J.F. Willumsen.
A particular source of inspiration is the white and blue tiles that once lined the roof at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, but since has been lost. Vokseværk is thus based on the historical narrative of the building and will reunite art and industry as it stood 100 years ago.
The student says about the project:
“On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Project FRI:rum and the redevelopment of the building, I will awaken people’s interest in the history of the building and its unique cultural heritage and roots as the ongoing redevelopment now shake thoroughly up in.
With a free, academic and artistic process, I have combined my design skills with traditional crafts and modern industry. My goal is to convey cultural history, to document my process and to form an innovative sculpture.”
The project team consists of Harald Hermanrud, student at the Royal Danish School of Design. The project is designed with the support of Den Frie Udstillingsbygning and EVERS Ricchetti Group.
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