Camel and companion (1992) Henk Visch
In 1990, the work of Henk Visch was chosen as an extra accent for the then not yet built Kunsthal by architect Rem Koolhaas. The intention was that the sculpture would have a place in the space around the Kunsthal. That space had to become very special: a large, rough, blue concrete surface with a desert-like character in which the bronze at one of the corners of the building Camel and companion would be posted. The images had to be realized at around eighty percent of the actual size. Artist Henk Visch explained the project as follows: “The theme of Camel and companion is exotic, alienating and out of place, because it refers to a world where different ideas and customs prevail. This misplacement is reinforced by the sizes that give a feeling of 'too small'. Yet it is a realistic theme that is measured and compared with something that exists in reality, but the identification (in this case with the supervisor) is blocked by the misplacement of the whole. Or in other words: the idea of misplacement is being transferred. This fits in with the 'Greater city' where change and movement rely heavily on the flexibility of imagination; the acceptance of 'strangeness', the other that is never the same. ”There were practical objections between dream and deed, because underground 'desert plain' would make underground pipes inaccessible. To ensure sufficient disposal, six months before the opening of the Kunsthal in October, 1992 received the Camel and companion finally a place on the roof. Four years later, an image of Henk Visch was added to the surroundings of the Kunsthal.
Henk Visch's work (Eindhoven, 1950) is versatile and consists of drawings, graphics, abstract constructions and figurative sculptures. Visch makes massive wood sculptures, but also delicate structures, stylized human figures and humorous assemblies from the most diverse materials. Visch often combines language with image and adds poetic texts. Properties such as balance and balance, vulnerability and transience play an important role in Visch's sculpture.