To the Diepenheim Gazebo, a hosta artwork by Urbain Mulkers (1945-2002), a work of Lucas Lenglet is added. MONOMET is as much a reaction on the artificial as it is on the natural of the environment. Because of the rigorously rectangular shape with sharp edges and the collection of architectural elements the work is clearly not a work of nature. The colour of the Corten steel, midway between the orange hues of outgrown hostas in early autumn and the purper beeches around the Gazebo, lends the artwork a mediating role. It is placed in such a way that it gives 64 m2 back to the garden. The artwork, placed over the pumping-engine of Vechtstromen Water Board, enables you to view Mulker’s work from up high. MONOMET is entirely made of steel, it is a mono metal volume. The title also refers to a monolith, a protruding, single standing stone with ritual meaning, like a menhir or a dolmen.
Architecture as vocabulary for thinking about the dividing line between man and the environment is at the root of Lucas Lenglet’s (1972) work. That which is built serves as protection first and foremost. Floors, walls and roofs set the boundaries between a given space and endless space. In case of MONOMET the defined space is handed back to the enless space.
Photo: Agnes Booijink