Roman Signer (1938, Appenzell) is known for particularly enjoying derelict buildings. For him, the plant is endowed with many qualities: proximity to the river, complex mechanics, and the ability to transform matter.
It is these qualities and evocative power that Signer wished to reveal with his minimalist structure: a 7-meter (25-foot) long pendulum hanging off the building. This object regularly and inexorably stamps time out and creates a rhythm for the unending flow of the river, with its violent and calm power.
Roman Signer is famous all over the world for his “explosive” performances. Fascinated by the power of nature (storms, wind, volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, torrents), he keeps on pitting its strength against objects. Often putting himself at risk, his work is endowed with a unique and unprecedented poetic force.
WORK OF ART CREATED FOR ESTUAIRE 2009 WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PUBLIC COMMISSION OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION – DRAC DES PAYS DE LA LOIRE, WITH THE SUPPORT OF PRO HELVETIA, SWISS FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE.