For centuries, the city’s coat of arms on Workum’s former weighing-house ‘De Waag’ has been held aloft by two lions. They appear naive and their theatrical pose tickles our funny bone. But as Workum’s fountain, firmly on the ground with more than life-size dimensions, they are no longer minor figures, but protagonists. At some distance from each other they now spray water at each other like fighting cats. ‘Look at Workum’, they seem to call out to us. For without the coat of arms, the empty space between them suddenly offers a view of the vibrant reality of the city.
Sustainable Accoya wood, paint, gold leaf
3.5 m high
Source of inspiration: the 2 lions that support the city’s coat of arms on De Waag
Location: the stretch of grass at the new Passantenhaven
Address: 8711 CL Workum
Cornelia Parker (1956) takes immense pleasure in blowing up, duplicating, stretching or shattering everyday objects and well-known images from art and culture, as a kind of act of liberation.
Because by 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. In this process, Parker collaborates intensively with others.
What interests me, she says, are the hidden potentials of images, objects and materials. Parker was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010. In 2017 she was the first female artist to be named Election Artist, a special honour during the British general elections.