ELVIRA VAN BOCHOVE Artist
Fastfood restaurant “Snackbar Herenstraat”
The exhibition “Galerie Tuinstaal” took place in the Tuinstaaldistrict in Leiden, (the Netherlands). Artworks were placed at retailers in the highstreet.
orrery – 9 lemons & mixed media110 cm diameter
“Peaceful unity” consists of 9 lemons that circle around and influence each other and the surroundings.
The structure of the orrery is as follows:
The center is Optimism.
In orbit around it are Empathy, Wisdom and Trust.
Communication, Morality, Flexibility, Openness and Generosity form the outer circle.
The work was created in the period just after the attack on Brussels airport. From my personal need to reverse the atmosphere in the world, to soften contradictions, I came up with this orrery in which different lemons work together to create a positive emanation. The destination was the fastfood restaurant, the place everybody from the neighbourhood visits.
It is a magical instrument for the present time, an additional aid to stimulate harmony between people. It is meant to be used at places where people come together, and peaceful unity would be welcome.
Science shows us that we know almost nothing. Anything might be possible. The timeless desire for more than just measurable life inspires us to experiment outside the areas of traditional science. We want to feel safe and connected, and search for ways to control this. Lemons have been used in ancient times to practice magic. Pegs were pierced, and then the correct spells reinforced it into a lucky charm.