Bryan McCormack, When Joris Ivens meets Hraesvelgr`, Parc de Saint-Cloud Paris
On Saturday May 29 in Paris, the Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterrand, in the presence of first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will reveal a 12 meters high outdoor sculpture on Joris Ivens. The statue is the work of Irish artist Bryan McCormack.
The image is in particular a tribute to the film Pour le Mistral (1966) on the wind, a recurring theme in Ivens` work, from his earliest film in 1929 until his last filmUne Histoire de Vent (1988). The title of the artwork "When Joris Ivens meets Hraesvelgr" also refers to the wind giant from Norse mythology. In the top of the image is a classic picture of a naked man seen with a playful globe in his hand and two enormous moving wings on his back. The symbolism of the sculpture also seems to refere to the nickname of Ivens “The Flying Dutchman ", the mythical figure of the rebel ship`s captain who tart the winds and storms of all oceans and is doomed forever to sail.
This is the third major outdoor sculpture, based on the work of Ivens. In Nijmegen in 1990 at the Joris Ivens square an 8 meter-high sculpture by Bass Maters was placed. In 2007 at the Midi Station in Brussels, a large sculpture of Emilio Menchero-Lopez in the form of a public megaphone appeared. This new sculpture is placed in command of the Centre des monuments nationaux in the Park Saint Cloud, where the famous landscape gardener of Louis XIV, Andre Le Notre in the 17th century created the avenues, lakes and fountains. The artist Bryan Mc Cormack has attached the following text to the artwork:
"In Nordic mythology, the giant Hraesvelgr, half man, half bird sits at the edge of this world making the wind blow, all the winds are its children sent out across creation by the flapping of its wings. The Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens made over 80 films between 1912 to 1988 and in particular «For The Wind» (1965). This sculpture is the fruit of their symbolic «meeting». It speaks of wind «of air in movement» that is dispersed, that is reunited, that warms and cools, that invites travel. The sculpture, like the giant, is immobile. However, it is the wind that creates the movement in the trees surrounding it. The reunion of movement versus immobility exists, but in a context that is opposite to the legend. The artist Bryan Mc Cormack was born in Ireland in 1972."