Located in Kensington Gardens and presented by the Serpentine Gallery and The Royal Parks, Rock on Top of Another Rock is a large-scale sculpture by the world-renowned artist duo Fischli/Weiss and echoes the earliest and most basic types of monuments found around the world: two granite boulders seemingly balanced precariously one on top of the other.
It’s the first public piece for these two Swiss artists to be commissioned in the UK and one of the last works they jointly conceived before David Weiss’s untimely death last year. They’re work is a mixture of serious and humorous intent and with this deceptively simple gesture, Fischli/Weiss have once again achieved the delicate balancing act of creating a work that is at once incongruous and startling, and yet entirely in tune with its site – both locally and historically.
Situated close to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens the unique sculpture is a representation of the earliest and most basic types of monument from around the world and is formed of two glacial igneous granite boulders standing approximately 5.5 metres high on a concrete base. The monumental sculpture is visible from a number of viewpoints in the Park.
The aim was to create a piece that is initially startling but also fits both locally and historically with its surroundings. Sourced in Wales and reminiscent of the many Neolithic monuments found throughout the British countryside, Fischli/Weiss’s rocks are imbued with their unmistakable wit and a serious sense of the absurd. Fischli/Weiss have continuously demonstrated that irony and sincerity could not exist without each other and that, in fact, there is no sincerity like irony.
The Swiss duo Fischli/Weiss – Peter Fischli and David Weiss – have created some of the most memorable artworks of the past three decades and inspired many artists around the world. Rock on Top of Another Rock will eventually go on display in Doha, Qatar, following its showing in London, as part of Qatar UK 2013.
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