The Pillars of Ovid




The inspriration for this purely sculptural project is the book ‘Metamorphoses’ by Ovid (43AC-17AD).

The title ‘Metamorphoses’ immediately clarifies the link with the general concept ‘transformation’ in Niko Hendrickx’ work. The book is a collection of stories about the changes in appearance that the almighty gods force upon ordinary human beings. People change into animals, objects, they even undergo several metamorphoses.

In this project it is not the metamorphosis itself that becomes a sculpture. That would be too evident. In order to add dimension and challenge, Hendrickx chose to add typically Greek elements. These are predominantly taken from Doric, Ionic and Corinthian pillar structures. But any other interesting link to ‘something Greek’ can be added by he artist in order to design an interesting sculpture.

The seven figurines were created using a 3D computer program and printed in 3D. The sculptures are white grey, the plinths are blue; together they refer to the colours of the Greek national flag.