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This is not the Arc de Triomphe after a nuclear attack!
The firing sculpture “Ballast” was created by the Danish artist Jørgen Hansen. Art in Denmark is often found in the open air, with sculptures gracing the majority of Danish cities and beautifying streets, parks and even beaches. Ballast was executed in August 2007 at the museum “Cathrinesminde Brickworks” at Flensborg Fjord at Brogaer in Southern Jutland, where a big brick- and tile industry had existed since the beginning of the 19th century. At that time Denmark had colonies in the West Indies and the sailing ships crossing the Atlantic often used bricks as ballast. The 3m high sculpture was made out of 8 ton of 3 different colored clays looking like a pile of bricks that were forgotten, tilting towards the water.
It is Jørgen Hansen’s desire to integrate the physical presence of the transformation process and the fire itself as a visible element of his work. Up to now he has built 14 different firing sculptures. The climax is when the sculpture, wrapped in insulation, becomes its own kiln and fires to 1100-1200 centigrade. At this stage the insulation is taken away and for short intense moments the sculpture is glowing with celestial beauty.
Jørgen Hansen has not only built firing sculptures in Denmark, his art can also be found in Perugia, Italy in front of the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci, on the former death zone near Checkpoint Charlie in the centre of Berlin and at the Academy of the Arts at Launceston, Tasmania.

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