The Rampant Lions of Workum Cornelia Parker

Workum
For centuries, Workum’s city crest has been held aloft by a pair of lions. While they are naively rendered, their theatrical pose also cannot help but trigger a smile. By planting them firmly on the ground and granting them larger-than-life dimensions, these lions are given the starring role in the fountain for Workum. They stand some distance apart and, like fighting cats with vicious claws, spout water at one another. “Behold the city of Workum,” they seem to cry. Because here, without the crest, the empty space between them suddenly affords a view of the bustling reality of the city.
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities

Inspiration: the two lions supporting the city’s heraldic crest
Material: durable Accoya wood, paint, gold leaf
Size: height 3.5 m
Location: the lawn by the new harbour basin

Cornelia Parker (United Kingdom, 1956) draws great pleasure from blowing up, duplicating, stretching or shattering daily objects and well-known images from art and culture, as a kind of act of liberation. Because in creating large-scale sculptures or installations in this way, the old and familiar get a new meaning, with a hint of British humour into the bargain. Parker works intensively with others.

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