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Bastian Oldhouse


Sculpture, Metal on Steel

Size: 86.6 W x 110.2 H x 173.2 D in

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"EVOL UTION I" (Sculpture) Theme: the "explosive" history of private transportation”. Installation: refurbished, blown up Mercedes-Benz (no accident vehicle!), natural horse skull, horse bones, original halberd (12th century). Steel socle. Optional depending on presentation: 125 additional explosives (to be placed around it). Ideal space requirement: Floor area: 8 x10 m. Height: 4-6 m. Completion: June 2018. Statement/Symbolism: In the beginning was the walking individual. In the Middle Ages the halberd was the typical weapon of the infantryman who went into battle on foot. Already in earlier times the horse spread as a riding animal, the only alternative to the going traffic. It took until 1876, when Nicolaus Otto invented the combustion engine. 10 years later, Carl Benz had his "Motorwagen Nr.1 ("Number 1 Motor Car") patented. The automobile with an internal combustion engine was born. Now man could move over longer distances without using his legs and without a horse. Today, barely a century and a half later, the time of this drive technology has in fact come to an end. "Evolution I", reminds us of the imminent end of this propulsion system - but also of the opportunities that is opening up for mankind. What comes after the electric, hydrogen and solar vehicle? Will man overcome gravity and travel around with minimal energy in a bubble-like sphere? Or transported as a beam of light through space and time? And who tells us that these technologies do not already exist today? This work of art is freed from most traces of oxidation and its new ownership is reminded of the loss of the good old days when an environmentally incompatible aggregate carried people and goods from A to B by a tiny rust particle that fell down every now and then. And last but not least: when the dream is buried by billions of people, it deserves a worthy exit: on a "golden" pedestal. And because it is about to bless the temporal, the corpus delicti is held floating-filigree between heaven and earth - above the ground. Origin: the vehicle, a "Mercedes-Benz CLK 230 turbo" model 2000) was positioned in a more than 200-metre deep mountain tunnel under the Swiss Alps. There, according to my instructions, it was blown up in two points by a professional, authorized explosives expert. Back in a hangar, near my art studio, it was balanced and fitted with a stable steel cross at its centre of gravity (modern cars no longer have a load-bearing chassis). The object was then meticulously prepared - the body was patinated and sealed with artificial wax in tin tones using a 10 mm brush, the underside and the engine was cleaned of dirt and rust. In addition, the base had to be as slim as possible. Movement/uprighting: the object must not be pushed on its wheels. The (removable) steel loop made especially for this work, serves the simple lifting by means of a carrying strap led through the roof opening. Since the surface treatment has a relatively low abrasion resistance, manipulations by auxiliary personnel should not be carried out on the body, but on the wheels or the substructure. For this reason, the work of art is wrapped in upholstery films for transport. A 20-30 tm crane (lifting capacity: 2 tons over 10 meters) lifts the load and places it on the base positioned at the installation site. If necessary: indoor movement with forklift. Required clear height of the entrance: 4 m. CH-2554 Meinisberg, August 2018, Bastian Oldhouse.

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Sculpture:Metal on Steel

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:86.6 W x 110.2 H x 173.2 D in

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A former engineer living in the fast lane, Bastian Oldhouse is a Swiss painter and sculptor. With his surreal works of art, he creates metaphors. And when painting is no longer enough, he shakes things up with three-dimensional pieces.Shoevinist The artist is not obliged to provide a standard, immediately recognizable line. The materials to be used to achieve a particular goal must also be determined before a work is started. Whether pastel chalk, carbon pencil, acrylic or oil on paper or canvas – whatever the desired effect, the appropriate material must be used. The distinctive features that make his works unmistakable are a red stiletto shoe and – invisibly embedded in the colour – a transponder (microchip) that serves as identification.

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