Airy Fairy
1997

Airy Fairy consists of a steel-framed building structure coated with skin-colored rubber, evoking an image of architecture as a living body. The structure supports twenty fans that oscillate back and forth, pointing toward the center of the space. In the middle of each fan, a sculptural tongue slowly rotates and penetrates the air. A faint breeze touches the visitor as they pass through the chamber.

“The fact that the duo is interested in climatic and natural phenomena on the mental as well as the physical level is shown in their work Airy Fairy. Based on the observation that climatic terminology is frequently used metaphorically in order to describe the state of personal relationships, the chain of associations sparked off by the word ‘air’ is a central aspect of this installation. ‘Love is often comes with a storm,’ as the artists say, ‘and leaves with a breeze.’ ”

Extract from Cathrin Langanke short description of the work. In: Liebe / Love. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein. Edited by Barbara J. Scheuermann and Cathrin Langanke. Bielefeld: Kerber Verlag, 2014. Exhibition catalogue, p.48.

 

The sculpture has been displayed:
Love is in the Air, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 1997
Over the Moon, Kunstamt Kreutzberg, Berlin, 2002
Summer of Love, Virserums Konsthall, Virserum, 2006
Liebe/Love, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, 2014


"Airy Fairy," 1997
Rubber-coated steel frame, fans, plaster, 320 x 360 x 360 cm
"Airy Fairy." Installation view, "Love is in the Air" exhibition, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 1997. Photo: Gallerie Barbara Thum
"Airy Fairy." Installation view, "Liebe / Love" exhibition, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, 2014. Photo: Wilhelm-Hack-Museum
"Airy Fairy." Installation view, "Liebe / Love" exhibition, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, 2014. Photo: Wilhelm-Hack-Museum
Illustration by Johan Mets
"Airy Fairy," multiple