Catherine Wheel
Melanchotopia, Witte De Witt, Rotterdam 2011
Horse carriage wheel, lamp post.

600 x 140 x 140 cm

"For Melanchotopia, Plenge Jakobsen Places a Catherine Wheel on one of the platforms of Rotterdam’s central station. Catherine Wheels or Breaking Wheels were used during the Middle Ages and Renaissance as a torture instrument, or to display body parts from corpses after capital punishment. Placed in a space of urban transition, Plenge Jakobsen’s contemporary version of this medieval object is detached from reality, but still has the power to bring to mind ancient forms of public punishment that were designed to frighten people, prevent them from committing similar deeds and thus consolidate the ruling order. A simple installation, the Catherine wheel adds a Breughel like darkness to Rotterdam’s brightly lit center, raising questions about the visibility of today’s mechanisms of control and punishment. " - Vanessa Joan Müller in the Melanchotopia catalogue.



Catherine Wheel
Melanchotopia, Witte De Witt, Rotterdam 2011
Horse carriage wheel, lamp post.

600 x 140 x 140 cm

Catherine Wheel
Melanchotopia, Witte De Witt, Rotterdam 2011
Horse carriage wheel, lamp post.

600 x 140 x 140 cm

 

Catherine Wheel
Melanchotopia, Witte De Witt, Rotterdam 2011
Horse carriage wheel, lamp post.

600 x 140 x 140 cm