Lightning is a natural phenomenon that can’t be studied in detail by the naked eye. The main visible discharge between the bottom of a cloud and the earth lasts a mere 30 µs (0.00003 seconds) and photographs only provide a two-dimensional replica of the event.
Permanent Lightning is the only way to experience the three-dimensional structure and form of a lightning bolt as if it were frozen in a single millisecond.
Lightning has a variety of connotations. It is fascinating and aesthetically pleasing, while simultaneously dangerous and destructive. Artist Thomas Stricker constructed the sculpture for Grevenbroich because he felt the space was particularly full of tension with the contrasts between the surrounding village structures and large-scale industry.
This work was realized with support from Sparda Bank (Sparda Kunstpreis 2009).
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Grevenbroich, Am Markt 1