Summer Newsletter: Art in Boijmans and in the port of Rotterdam
20 June 2010

Stone floats to Shanghai

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing ‘Het Is Me Wat’ by Wim T. Schippers for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The work of art, a huge floating stone, will astonish international visitors there. No time to have a look at this masterpiece in Shanghai? The fascinating work returns to Rotterdam in November.

Photo: Fred Ernst
Photo: Fred Ernst

World Expo 2010: ‘Het is me wat’
Until 31 oktober 2010

Wim T. Schippers’s work ‘Het Is Me Wat’ (‘And Now what’s Up’) plays with the concept of gravity. Working with students from Delft University of Technology, he created a stone that floats above a plinth. This stone is able to defy gravity by using three electro-magnets that exert force on magnets built into the plinth. The magnetic fields keep the stone floating in the air. The words 'Het', 'Is', 'Me' and 'Wat', are engraved on the four sides of the plinth.

Did you know that:
…the huge floating object, which looks like an immensely heavy rock, weighs only fifteen kilos and is made of polyurethane foam?
…three rare earth magnets, that exert force on magnets built into the plinth, keeps the stone floating in the air?
…Schippers designed the work for the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, where it was unveiled on 16 December 1999? 
…Wim T. Schippers is a well known Dutch radio and television personality, author and artist?