• The wreck of the Plassey, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, Ireland

  • abbey of Cluny

  • bulk carrier

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IEBANULK, 2004 - 2006
wood, polyester
125 x 250 x 75 cm
49.2 x 98.4 x 29.5 inches


The 20th century was characterized by a growing mobility, and consequently by a growing cultural exchange. This exchanges sometimes resulted in a culture clash. Nick Ervinck tries to visualize the problems of our hypermobile culture by mounting the abbey of Cluny – a Benedictine monastery in France in Romanesque style, dating from the 10th to the early 12th century – on an enormous oil tanker. IEBANULK can be interpreted as a hypermobile ark of Noah and has reminiscences to a Western Culture, which once was very powerful. By combining these two elements, the public is forced to observe in a different manner. While the dimensions of the tanker and the cathedral are perfectly balanced, the towers are raised beyond proportion. Here, Ervinck points at a current 'tower of Babel-complex' in our society; a striving to build beyond the sky, in order to show off and to reach God, or at least to find the unknown. Yet, IEBANULK will never sail away, and therefore it is rather an empty meditative space. IEBANULK is designed fully digital and the lower part was moulded by a machine. Resulting out of this working process is a symmetric form, with smooth curves, which are polished afterwards.

2020   Collection Alychlo / Marc Coucke, Platform6a - Otegem , BE
Collection Alychlo / Marc Coucke, - Vichte, BE
2017   In Situ 2017, Saint Guilhem_le_desert - Languedoc-Roussillon, FR
2010   Metamorphosis II, Musei Civici de San Gimignano - San Gimignano, IT
2007   GNI-RI may2007, Architect@work, Xpo - Kortrijk, BE
2006   Progress, Provinciale prijs voor beeldende kunst, Be-Part - Waregem, BE
GNI-RI dec2006, The Fortis Young Ones Award, Lineart, Flanders Expo - Gent, BE
GNI-RI mar2006, Kunst-Zicht - Gent, BE