Danish artist Per Kirkeby was trained and worked as a geologist before becoming a prolific painter, sculptor, filmmaker and writer.
Whereas his outdoor brick-works are referred to as sculptures, they embody specific tectonic characteristics which open a direct dialogue with architectural themes. With the evocation of typical Danish brick houses as well as Mayan temples or byzantine churches, the sculptures condense references from faraway typologies while, at the same time, establishing a relationship with the immediate surroundings, built and natural, of the specific places where each of them is located.
Rigorous yet paradoxical, the brick sculptures stand out as humble monuments, usually deprived of a roof or a floor, but allowing for a multiplicity of paths to traverse them. Their composition is able to achieve an unusual balance between abstraction and figuration, with a play on pure forms combined with recognizable, therefore out of context, architectural elements.