Untitled (1996) Michael Jacklin
In 1994, artist Michael Jacklin presents a design for a work of art that should be placed under a green canopy of trees on Noordplein. It is an open construction made of stainless steel, consisting of four upright elements and two ovals, which are embraced by a semi-circular shape. The work is reminiscent of support and support structures from architecture and bridge construction. The design was approved although the residents found the color black too gloomy and there was concern for climbing. The artist adjusted the color and the image would be placed in the heart of Noordplein. In 1995, however, it was discovered that the old monumental trees in the square were killed by elm disease. Nevertheless, the statue was unveiled on the square in June 1996. Although intended to be watched, the image was mainly used as a climbing and playing object, but it was not designed for that. For safety reasons, the work had to disappear from Noordplein. An alternative location was found: the public inner area behind the houses on Goudsesingel, where the image was unveiled in 1997 for the second time.
Michael Jacklin (Amsterdam, 1956) mainly makes free work for public space. Since 1984 he makes images of industrially manufactured iron with soft round shapes. In the '90 years, his style tightened and he switched to abstract constructions, usually made of steel. He was initially led by minimalism inspired by architecture and bridge construction. The images he makes later are, due to the open raster patterns, more transparent.