The Utopian

the Utopian (2021)
Location: Haarlemmerhout

Two yellow legs stick out from a rectangular box with bright blue and green areas. Is it a human being transformed into a mechanical object or a mechanical object with recycled body parts? The work is reminis- cent of the art of the Bauhaus about 100 years ago. The merging of man and machine then seemed to be part of a wonderful future. The thinking machine or the machine man has almost become a reality, but many people are actually afraid of what is to come. Guda Koster’s sculpture is not gloomy or fatalistic. Her human-machine is subtly funny and steps – a little hesitantly – into the future.

Commissioned by the Foundation Beeldengallerij Haarlem (Oct 2021)