Wim Delvoye

Gothic: Caterpillar & Chantier

On View

Jun 27, 2003 – Sep 30, 2003

About the Exhibition

In Wim Delvoye's Gothic, divine merges with secular, past meets present, and ornament overcomes strict functionality. In his life-size replicas of Caterpillar excavators, Delvoye (b.1965, Wervik, Belgium) juxtaposes medieval craftsmanship with machine-age technology. These massive sculptures are made in corten steel and perforated with Gothic filigree, transforming familiar icons of productivity into ornate, non-utilitarian objects. Caterpillar will be on view at Doris C. Freedman Plaza and, at Madison Square Park, a second Caterpillar sculpture will be on view as part of Chantier, a full construction site of equally elegant Gothic equipment including shovels, a wheelbarrow, barricades, traffic cones, and a concrete mixer.


Doris C. Freedman Plaza

Central Park, 60th Street & 5th Avenue


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