In the last few years, the work of Atelier van Lieshout has centered in the architectural field – mobile offices, living spaces, and exhibition spaces that are a hybrid of architecture and sculpture. With this in mind, the Walker Art Center commissioned Joep van Lieshout and his Atelier to create a mobile structure to be used as a site for activities in the surrounding neighborhoods, such as hands-on art projects, temporary exhibitions, performances, classes, and workshops organized with residents of these communities. Atelier van Lieshout’s response is the two-part sculpture THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, currently on view in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
The model for this project was the centerpiece of an Art Lab installation where visitors learned about the project and gave their feedback on its design and future use. The design changed significantly in response to this input, conversations with Walker staff, technical requirements, and the Atelier’s own organic artistic process. The final product includes a stationary “cabin” and a movable, detachable “trailer.” The cabin was built on-site by the Walker’s crew with members of the Atelier. The trailer was built at the Atelier’s studio in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, transported to New York City on a cargo ship, and then hauled by truck to the Walker. Too large to maneuver into the Garden, the trailer had to be lifted into place with a crane! Walker staff and Atelier members finished the interior – after the electrical, phone, and Internet wiring were installed, they sprayed a bumpy foam on the walls and ceiling to create a cozy cavelike environment. Beginning in June 1999, the mobile unit will travel to sites throughout Minneapolis and beyond. Perhaps you’ll see it touring through your neighborhood.