Nathaniel Rackowe - Square Prism, 2020, Hoher Wall Hildesheim, 240cm x 240cm x 240cm, Polycarbonate tubes, LED neon flex, wood © EVI LICHTUNGEN Photographer Sara Foerster
Square Prism is a time-bound, sequenced light installation that was specially designed for a unique vantage point of Hildesheim. The luminous lines of light in Square Prism are gradually illuminated until the composition shifts and gains speed, and the work forms a cube, a square light prism, at the end of the sequence. The work picks up on the geometry we encounter in the urban environment and refers directly to the famous square church towers, which can be seen from its point of view. The piece draws attention to the often hidden beauty of cities and the basic forms they contain.
Nathaniel Rackowe (*1975) is a London based artist from the UK. His often large-scale urban referenced structures, and light sculptures are designed to recreate the experience of navigating the city around us. His works are abstracted impressions of today's metropolitan experience evoked through the vicissitudes of light as it fluctuates throughout the city. Influenced by Modernism, Rackowe uses the mass manufactured derivative products of that era - glass, corrugated plastics, concrete, scaffolding, breeze blocks and strip lights - to recreate the collective experience and visual sensations of urban contemporary life. His works are in notable public collections worldwide. In addition to his recent installation, Origin, in Aarhus Denmark, other Public Art Projects have been realised in Dubai, Beirut, Paris, Copenhagen, and Lima.
The Hoher Wall is a former rampart that was built in the 15th century to protect the city. The rampart still exists to a large extent today. It surrounds the city centre and is part of the public green areas. It is used for recreation close to the city centre and as footpath connections. Protected as a historical monument and landscape conservation area, the ramparts are supplemented and networked within the framework of urban development.