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Whether being battered by the surf or swimming through the gentle undulating surface of lakes, I find inspiration in the movement of water. Sometimes I…
When developing an idea, I remind myself not to start with compromise. I envision the ideal manifestation of the idea, as if I had no…
Once I began to hear and pay attention to my fledgling ideas, the biggest hurdle was to learn how to respect them. That was hard,…
In my regular life, I am very involved in commissions for cities and sometimes countries. And I think of public art as a team sport.…
I recognize that it is through the engagement with my craft – by recognizing an idea and drawing it out, building physical models, collaborating with…
As a child, I always enjoyed building forts by stringing up bed sheets and clothes. I continue to be inspired by makeshift structures, including my…
The spaces I want to be in are nurturing and soft and saturated with color. Our cities don’t have enough of that, and as humans…
Advances in technology have opened up possibilities in the cultural realm throughout history. I’m intrigued by developments in technology – as an artist it gives…
The most powerful part of the art is experiential, yet it’s the hardest to describe because it’s nonverbal.
My whole career I’ve been interested by the distinction between an emotional and an intellectual response to an artwork.
It’s good for art to make us think, to give us a shared experience that creates a dialogue, makes us talk to each other, including…
I pay two full-time assistants in my studio, plus consultants who are architects, engineers, and landscape architects, as well as lighting designers.
I believe people can have a profound experience by being surrounded by something beautiful – that’s what I aim for. My sculpture is about the…
You can’t stumble upon something new and wonderful if you don’t have time to stumble.
In Portugal, my sculpture ‘She Changes’ refers to the town’s fishing history, to the era of seafaring trade and discovery. The contemporary site is industrial,…
When ideas are young and vulnerable, criticism can be lethal.
I believe that public space should be intentional: it should be obvious that you belong.
I never studied sculpture, engineering or architecture. In fact, after college I applied to seven art schools and was rejected by all seven.
In Amsterdam, the river and canals have been central to city life for the last four centuries.
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