Sail away

Zeppelins with sails
SAIL 2010
Commissioner: SAIL
Art Advisor: Artpartner

Amsterdam is turned upside-down during SAIL. Crowds line the quay and the IJ is jammed with boats. Only the sky provides some space and a sense of respite.

SAILS’s tall ships call up images from the time of the Dutch East India Company, as well as the discovery of a spherical earth and a sense that nothing above or below was as it previously seemed. This work evokes such confusion of the absolute.

Just as the water often reflects the sky, here the water is reflected in the sky. Large, wondrous airships take to the skies, transcending the masses of spectators down below. Like billowing clouds, these ships represent the mystery surrounding water, air, gravity and the age of discovery.