Leon van den Eijkel Round and Round, 2019
Stainless steel and automotive paint, 1000 x 1000 x 5000 mm.
A sphere (from Greek ‘sphaora’, -globe, ball) is a perfectly round geometrical object in three-dimensional space that is the surface of a completely round ball. Like a circle in a two-dimensional space, a sphere is defined mathematically as the set of points that are all at the same distance, ‘r’, from a given point, but in a three-dimensional space. This distance ‘r’ is the radius of the ball, which is made up from all points with a distance less than ‘r’ from the given point, which is the center of the mathematical ball. These are also referred to as the radius and center of the sphere, respectively. The longest straight line through the ball, connecting two points of the sphere, passes through the center and its length is thus twice the radius; it is a diameter of both the sphere and its ball. The distinctive nature of spheres means they are unique. Round and Round celebrates the uniqueness of human technology. Through the Pacific colour palette of the orbs, we celebrate the way the sculpture perfectly balances the thin line between urbanization and nature in this place.
Leon van den Eijkel
Born in the Netherlands. Lives and works in Henderson.
For the past 28 years van den Eijkel has produced lightboxes, sculptures, paintings and multimedia installations that utilise reflective surfaces and colours that are often based on his continuing dialogue between his homeland and the Pacific. Born in 1940 at The Hague, Netherlands, van den Eijkel is an artist of Dutch descent who currently lives and works in Henderson, Auckland. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts at The Hague between 1958 and 1963 before leaving the Netherlands and migrating to New Zealand in 1986. Widely exhibited in Europe, the United States and in New Zealand, van den Eijkel is represented in public and private museum collections including: the Museum of Modern Art (New York); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Ghent, Belgium); and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington). The artist has also featured in a number of outdoor sculpture events including Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, Brick Bay Sculpture Park, (ongoing) Matakana, and Sculpture by the Sea (2009), Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
Represented by Black*Asterisk. www.blackasterisk.co.nz