Nemesis and Sisyphus arrived at the enchanting Middelheim Sculpture Park with only 15 minutes to spare before closing time. As they approached the park, they encountered a kind-hearted guard who, after extracting a promise of departure at closing time, allowed them entry.
Their journey, however, was soon met with resistance as they encountered three more guards.
The first guard sternly reminded them, "Our park will be closing soon, and you must leave immediately."
Undeterred, Sisyphus calmly explained, "We understand, but your colleague kindly granted us entry. We simply wish to witness the captivating works of Chris Burden, as Nemesis has yet to experience them. Rest assured, we will be out before the park closes its gates."
The second guard, unmoved by their explanation, asserted, "We care little for what our colleague may have said. You are required to depart at once."
Nemesis, sensing the frustration mounting, reassured them, "We have no intention of spending the night in your park, ma'am. We merely seek a glimpse of that artwork, and then we will swiftly depart."
However, the third guard remained unyielding, proclaiming, "We will not reiterate our instructions. The park closes in 15 minutes, and you must leave immediately!"
At that moment, Sisyphus and Nemesis exchanged a knowing glance, realizing that their words were falling on deaf ears. It became clear to them that individuals wielding even a modicum of power often feel compelled to assert and enforce it.
With a sense of resignation, they bid their farewells and left the park.
However, their yearning to witness Chris Burden's masterpiece could not be quelled. As night fell and the park closed its gates, they found themselves on the other side of the fence. Hand in hand, they ventured towards the sculpture, cherishing the intimacy of their clandestine exploration. A couple of conveniently placed chairs beckoned them to sit and immerse themselves in the artwork a while longer.
When the time came to depart, they made a daring decision. They chose to take one of the steel chairs as a keepsake, a memento of their otherworldly journey back to their home on the planet Neptune.
In this tale of defiance and longing, Nemesis and Sisyphus left the park with more than just memories—they carried with them a symbol of their shared adventure, a tangible reminder of their extraordinary connection and their unwavering quest for artistic experiences.
hand hammered copper, 162 x 108 x 90 cm