Archimedes' Screw, 1985
Metal (boring spindles), two light bulbs, glass
Two parts; 333 x 45 x 36 cm and 298 x 30 x 36 cm
Munich, Bayerstraße 34
(c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012; photo: Jörg Koopmann
The two objects by Takis (*1925 Athens, GR) literally change like the weather: they swing back and forth in the wind. Standing side by side, these delicate objects from the series Light Signals - "Archimedes' Screw" comprise a vertical boring spindle, long and slim, driven into the ground, one topped by a blue light bulb, the other by a green one. Both light bulbs are encased in a red surround: a circle for the blue bulb, a rectangle for the green bulb with a semicircle missing from the upper edge. The screw in the title refers to a mechanical tool commonly attributed to Archimedes (300 BC) that continues to be used today in the area of transport to overcome differences in height. The objects that comprise this work provide the links that connect the Earth to the lights that sit atop the spindles - giving the impression that it is the boring spindles that draw the energy for the bulbs from the Earth. The objects however are purely artistic, relying for meaning on random, natural movement. The two objects stand opposite an untitled work by Christian Hinz, their airiness providing a wry counterpoint to Hinz's work that mainly consists of ancient granite columns.