Antoon Versteegde

Dutch artist Antoon Versteegde

149 Best of Antoon Versteegde

Antoon Versteegde (1953) is a Dutch artist who seeks to express his creative vision outside the established institutes and exhibition spaces of the art world. His work can typically be seen in public locations with free access for everyone. He conceives of, and brings into being, larger than life structures - transient outdoor installations that are constructed with lightweight materials such as bamboo, flags, rope and rubber bands.

Versteegde has throughout his career gained extensive experience with large-scale interactive projects. His working process involves the bringing together of groups of artists or volunteers in order to create huge community sculptures in a short time period. His construction technique has been developed over many years in a way that makes it easy to be learned quickly by people who want to co-operate spontaneously. In order to achieve this coming together of people, Versteegde designs spatial experiences as descriptive constructions that he wishes to share with others.

Because the public take on an active role by the action of the project, the necessary creative energy is released during the collaborative process. The structures created as a result, appear only to disappear. They are by definition ephemeral. What remains is the afterimage: the echo of the shared experience as well as the memory of the object itself. The bamboo installation leaves its strongest impression behind in the participant’s memory. Versteegde’s imagined vision becomes the afterglow of a collective memory.

His works are characterized by their transience: they are made for temporary display and are not intended to be long term or permanent. However, today there is renewed interest in his ephemeral works, thanks to blockchain technology and reappraisal of his documented legacy. Art lovers, collectors and investors can acquire just one of his 149 best projects each month by bidding at the auction to claim ownership of their beloved art-event.

In random order, there is only one work available as Non-Fungible Token every month. This one is available now:

BambooWheel
10DAYFEST HongKong 2013

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) had appointed world-renowned architect Ms. Zaha Hadid as the architect of its new "Innovation Tower". This building became her first permanent architectural work in Hong Kong. But despite the modern design and construction techniques, traditional bamboo scaffolding had to be used. This made the director realize that during their training students learn to work with all kinds of modern techniques and materials, but never with traditional bamboo. When he saw the work of Antoon Versteegde, he realized: we must bring that artist to Hong Kong to see and experience what you can make with bamboo sticks. More information


Bamboe Wiel

De Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) had de wereldberoemde architect mevrouw Zaha Hadid aangesteld als architect van haar nieuwe "Innovation Tower". Dit gebouw werd haar eerste permanente architectonische werk in Hong Kong. Maar ondanks de moderne vormgeving en bouwtechnieken moest men gebruik maken van traditionele steigers van bamboe. Dat deed de directeur beseffen dat studenten tijdens hun opleiding met allerlei moderne technieken en materialen leren werken, maar nooit met het traditionele bamboe. Toen hij het werk van Antoon Versteegde zag, besefte hij: die kunstenaar moeten we naar Hong Kong halen om te zien en te ervaren wat je met bamboestokken kunt maken. Meer informatie

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