Ship's horn (2006) Michiel van Bakel
This swivel Scheep horn has the stylized shape of a man-sized trumpet-shaped flower, the Angel's Trumpet (Datura), and is made of stainless steel. The horn enhances the ambient sound through the curved sepals, such as a megaphone or a nostalgic 78 tour pickup. The sound of passing boats can be followed with greater sound intensity thanks to an acoustic amplifier in the receiver. “Because if you can listen a lot, you get a different sense of the place where you are listening at that moment. It stimulates your imagination, "says artist Michiel van Bakel. It was created on the occasion of the redesign of the Antwerp Head and the 25 anniversary of the Koopvaardijhof. It is on the so-called MS Noordereiland, a concept by Joe Cillen, who is an artist and gallery owner on Noordereiland. “Imagine, the Noordereiland is not just a (peninsula) island as a residential area in the Maas, but a ship. A motor ship (MS) that can release the trusses at any moment to choose the big suds ”. This so-called motor ship was already equipped with a steering and port light, a work of art by Cillens. However, a ship's horn was missing. The district of Feijenoord, housing association De Nieuwe Unie and CBK Rotterdam have joined forces for this Ship's horn and artist Michiel van Bakel asked.
Michiel van Bakel (Deurne, 1966) studied astronomy and psychology for a few years before being educated at the art academy in Arnhem. He started as a sculptor, developed an interest in science and technology and has since worked with video, film and multimedia installations. His outspoken technical approach yields a poetic reality in which people in their environment are central.