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The floating stone

The floating stone

Wim T. Schippers (in 1999)

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In his work 'Het is me wat' [Well I never], Wim T. Schippers appears to defy the forces of gravity: a stone hovers above a plinth. Schippers worked with the Technical University in Delft to achieve this. The stone can defy gravity thanks to three electromagnets that exert force on magnets incorporated in the floating stone. The words 'Het', 'Is', 'Me' and 'Wat' are written on the four sides of the plinth. Schippers designed this work for the Ministry of Heath, Welfare and Sport, where it was unveiled on 16 December 1999. Since 2005, the art work has been housed in Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum.

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Title The floating stone
Material and technique Mixed media
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 265 cm
Width 185 cm
Depth 180 cm
Artists Artist: Wim T. Schippers
Accession number BRL 2005-25 a-g (MK)
Credits Loan Central Government Real Estate Agency, 2005
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2005
Creation date in 1999
Internal exhibitions Alles kids (2016)
External exhibitions Wereldtentoonstelling 2010 Shanghai (2010)
Humor - 101 jaar lachen om kunst (2017)

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Wim T. Schippers

Groningen 1942

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