/ When the Sun Falls

8 t/m 11 Febuary 2018

Art Rotterdam

Yair Callender 

During Art Rotterdam 2018, Open Air is a new section for large-scale works of art on the grounds of the Van Nellefabriek. Nest invited Yair Callender to construct a work for the entrance of the terrain.

The artworks of Yair Callender remind us of monumental memorials, of altars and relics, and know references to occult symbolism and (nature)religion. Callender cherishes an explicit wish to use his work beyond the stately or sacred. A lot of his works balance on the border between autonomous visual characteristics and familiar furniture pieces. When the Sun Falls is a monumental stage for the setting sun. The work consists of a rectangular frame that is perpendicular to an ornamented pedestal. The frame is placed in such a way that it frames the exact path of the setting sun during the days of Art Rotterdam, making the whole function as an elegant stage or Baroque pedestal. Every night the installation shows the performance of the sun slowly sinking into the sculpture: object and nature coincide seamlessly. The sublime force of a slowly declining sun is underlined by the framing installation, making the question “What am I looking at?” rise.

Behind the coinciding setting sun within the scenes of the installation, hides the Romantic need as a human to dwell upon the theatricality of nature and its ever-changing shape. During the day the artwork functions as a tribute, and at night it functions as a platform on which a new performance takes place every day.


For one year Nest and Yair Callender are connected to each other through the Work Contribution Young Talent + Commissioning of the Mondriaan Fund. After Art Rotterdam the scuplture will travel to music festival Down the Rabbit Hole.