Marek van de Watering
Maarsen Groep and Zadelhoff
During the construction of the new Hourglass building on the Parnassusweg – a building as yet without its own history – a shiny rocky object is found. It turns out to be an object with its own special and centuries-old history: at some unknown time in the past a meteorite struck here!
Marek van de Watering stages a connection between the place it struck, its history and its future. According to his sources a nomadic subculture in the area saw the meteorite strike and took this as a sign to get ready to migrate to this spot. The boulder in front of the Loyens & Loeff office – purposely of the same shape and size as the excavated meteorite – shows markings denoting the route to this place.
Through the ages meteorites have signified changes imposed from the outside (or from above) in various cultures. As human beings we have no control over when and where a meteorite will strike, only over how we deal with this. This can vary from marking the site to worshipping it, transporting it, exhibiting it or mining it. The question often is: is the site important or the thing itself? Or can we do justice to both?
Only a small part of all observed meteorites is a so-called iron meteorite. Usually, a meteorite consists overwhelmingly of rock, making it go unnoticed. That is why this shiny acquisition is extremely valuable. When fully magnetically charged it exerts a gravitational pull that guarantees it will be found. As the name suggests, this type of meteorite consists mainly of iron. Before the Iron Age this type of rock was the only source of iron and therefore exclusively used for making a limited number of special products. Today steel is a cheap, strong and therefore very important raw material in construction. All too often we forget that mother nature can produce it herself under extreme circumstances.
Construction site ‘Hourglass’ building
Parnassusweg 819, Amsterdam
Marek van de Watering (1982) studied information sciences, followed by a BA in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. His knowledge of computer programming and corporate dynamics is reflected in his artistic work, which is based on social interactions and forms of expression in subcultures. Through participation, conversations and workshops he explores how people relate to each other and their surroundings and how they (try to) capture that relationship in imagery. By adding absurd elements or unrealistic questions he piques peoples’ curiosity and imagination.
Maarsen Groep and Zadelhoff
Early 2020 a new building called Hourglass will be erected on Amsterdam’s Zuidas. This building is being developed by the Maarsen Group and Zadelhoff and will house law firm Loyens & Loeff and apartment hotel Premier Suites. Maarsen and Zadelhoff share the conviction that art is a crucial element in achieving good housing. Both partners own extensive art collections and have long supported various culture and art initiatives in Amsterdam. Since Hourglass is still under construction, the partners decided to sponsor the GET LOST – art route in anticipation of the buildings completion. Artist Marek van de Watering will present an artwork on site illustrating the project developers’ heartfelt desire; may the Hourglass, with its extraordinary design, be a resounding success and have a bright future!