You may well walk right past without realising, but this sculpture is staring you in the face in one of Geneva’s busiest squares. Just one of a whole panoply of equally interactive and intriguing pieces by Swiss sculptor Markus Raetz, this work was designed especially for the spot which it currently occupies.
Begin at the south-western corner of the square, on the opposite side of the road to the sculpture itself, and the metallic rods spell out the word ‘NON’; move across to the south-eastern corner and they become ‘OUI’. Then go up for a closer look: it’s more complicated than you think.
As with much of Raetz’ work, which is known across the globe and displayed in a number of cities in Europe and the United States, the interaction of the sculpture with the movement of the onlooker stirs up questions of perception and perspective, but it is also interesting to think about the technical input which it required: a glance at the many technical drawings which went into the process reveal the precision which went into the success of the final result.
OUI/NON was a donation from the Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour to the City of Geneva.
OUI/NON | Art & culture | Free
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