this Caterpillar is a beautiful Gothic machine. Heads turn quizzically in the museum where it is displayed next to a 15th century maquette of the Saint Maclou Church,
its nearby neighbor in the streets of Rouen.
This is a maquette of a monumental piece - small but still spectacular,
at home in this Gothic city. It was created by Wim Delvoye, Flemish artist and spiritual descendant of Brueghel, who has a way - often jarring or disturbingly mocking - of transforming objects emblematic of the modern world into the registers of traditional art or craft. Here a playful spirit hints at very different ideas of construction,
and the varying aspirations and values applied to techniques of two ages so very far a part.
It is worth the time to take the time for these concentrated considerations
where standardized meets decorative
with a good dash of humor.
Wim Delvoye is exhibiting now at the Musée Rodin