Tuileries Gardens, Paris, France
From: 9 September 2011
Until: 24 October 2011
At only 31-years-old Argentinian sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas is one of the youngest artists to represent his country at this year’s Venice Biennele. The fast-rising star has also been chosen by Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, for a residency and commission in Paris organised by SAM Art Projects (which helps promote artistic exchanges between Europe and emerging countries).
His creation for the Tuileries Gardens, between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde in Paris, is his biggest to date and is a continuation of the monumental clay sculptures he started in 2009 with ‘My Dead Family’ – an enormous whale beached in a forest in Ushuaia, Argentina.
The 300 feet long, 17-ton ‘Poems For Earthlings’ is a giant obelisk-like structure that looks like it's appeared from nowhere. "The project is really linked to the idea of disappearance," Rojas told Art Info France. "It's the biggest piece that I've ever done. It was interesting to see many people come and ask me 'when are you going to stand it up?' It's important that it doesn't stand up - it's as if it was blown over by a terrific force. This monument could be the last work left by a human."
In comparison to the 300-year-old classical marble figures that stand around Villar Rojas’s work (the marble and clay look deceptively similar in appearance), the lifetime of his sculptures is fleeting - his creations exist only for the time that they’re displayed in-situ before the clay is unceremoniously pounded into dust.
‘Poems For Earthlings’ is in the Tuileries Gardens until October 24.