Cornelia Konrads’ “Moments of Indecision”

Like Andy Goldsworthy, German artist Cornelia Konrads creates pieces made for a certain place using found local materials. Many feel temporary, perhaps created just long enough to be photographed. Konrads, unlike other land artists though, also has a unique bent on gravity, creating works that defy Newton’s laws. In Passage (see above and below), fine wire or fishing lines hide the underlying machinery.

In the introduction to a book on Konrads, Michael Stoeber describes the tensions in her work: “Calm and motion, dissolution and density, the contrastive play with gravity and overcoming it, with reality and simulation—are the stones really flying up into the sky, or are they not perhaps falling down and settling on the pile?

Stoeber wonders whether her work is “rising or falling.” Perhaps they are at some stage in between, “moments of an irritating and fascinating indecision.”  

These pieces are “the arrow that never reaches its target, Achilles who cannot manage to succeed in overtaking the tortoise.”

Explore Konrads’ art, which is found in public spaces, sculpture parks, and private gardens across Europe, the U.S., South Korea, and Australia. See more photos of her gravity-busting pieces at the always well-curated This is Colossal.

Also worth checking out are these enormous fish sculptures made out of recycled plastic bottles. They were constructed on the beach in Rio for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

Image credit: (1-2) Passage, (3) Pile of Wishes, (4) Piled Forest, (5) Moment of Decision / Cornelia Konrads

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