Like the top of triumphal columns were impossible for beholders to read, the Wave Pillar ends with a vagueness: does it bring together the sky and sea – a vertical figure that constitutes a horizontal line? Or does the Wave pillar end like the historical symbol of a colonne brisée – a broken column that reminds us of human perishability and the end of time? Maybe the capital blew off because of increased winds? A new reality that’s been recorded (Copernicus) in northern Europe due to the unpredictable weather caused by the climate crisis.
At Helsingborg kajpromenad, The Wave Pillar also creates a dialogue with Carl Milles’ landmark statue sjöfartsgudinnan. While the symbol of the coastal city Helsingborg emphasises its history of navigation, trade, and need for luck at sea, the Wave Pillar thus commemorates the forces of sea and wind. Beyond the dramatised fashion of maritime 19th-century art, Bigert & Bergström’s sculpture invites the beholder to reflect upon the movement of water, wind, and climate in monumental form.
Text by Otto Ruin
Wave Pillar, 2022 hammered stainless steel 800 x 140 cm x 87 cm
Drawings, Sketches and Installation