Published: October 2009
Authors: C. Gruwez, M. van Hoogenhuyze, M. Fansa.
Design: Mart. Warmerdam
Edition: 24 x 31 cm, 57 fc illustrations, 40 pages., sewn
Price: € 15,00
Sammlung Weltensand. Elvira Wersche
Sammlung Weltensand can be called a truly cosmopolitan project. Elvira Wersche collects different types and colours of sand from all over the world and uses it to construct complex mosaics, composed of geometrical patterns, on the floors of museums, churches and synagogues.
From what initially appears to be a jumble of lines and figures, an ingenious and fascinating spectacle made up of triangles, irregular quadrangles, rhombuses and other polygonal shapes unfolds before the viewer’s eyes. The pattern seems to be in constant motion, changing according your angle of vision and the point on which you focus. What is more, the making of this work has a special dynamic of its own: the work-in-progress format means that visitors are involved as the artwork takes shape.
When the artwork is finally finished, Wersche obliterates it again: in a performance she literally erases the carefully constructed pattern. By doing so, she emphasizes that everything is in constant flux. And that everything is only temporary.