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Jan De Cock at Tate Modern

Visitors to Tate Modern will find Jan De Cock's Denkmal 53 exhibition hard to avoid.

Jan De Cock
Jan De Cock


The sculpture is made up of 21 parts scattered throughout the museum, including Level 2 inside the building, Level 6 on a portion of the roof, and also outside the museum in the north terrace.

All parts are made up of straight lines and angles, especially incorporating cubes, squares and rectangles, and the sculpture is made entirely of green, red, white and brown plywood.

Inside the gallery, the parts are small and tend to resemble office furniture.

People can view the sculpture from above and experience its many different elements from that perspective.

Outside in the terrace, the parts are much larger and resemble small buildings, and visitors can look through spaces in the sculpture and see the sky and some of the London backdrop.

Spending time in the outside portion of this exhibition is especially enjoyable.

Since the sculpture resembles architecture, visitors may feel like they are walking through a city made of miniature buildings.

The Belgian artist says his exhibition is scattered throughout the museum because he "wanted to offer the public a perspective where the building itself is a part of the work," so he created Denkmal 53 specifically for Tate Modern's building.

• Denkmal 53 is part of the Level 2 Gallery series and will be on display at Tate Modern until 30 October 2005.

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