Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock – Serpentine Gallery

7th March 2013
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Laura Burnside

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Fischli/Weiss Rock on Top of Another Rock 2012 Installation in Valdresflya, Norway. Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich; Matthew Marks Gallery, New York © 2012 Peter Fischli David Weiss

On March 8th, the Serpentine Gallery will be unveiling Rock on Top of Another Rock by Swiss artists Fischli/Weiss, who won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Biennale in 2003.

Located in Kensington Gardens, outside the Serpentine Gallery, it is the artists’ first public sculpture to be commissioned in the UK.

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Fischli/Weiss Rock on Top of Another Rock 2012 Testing rocks in Wales Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich; Matthew Marks Gallery, New York © 2012 Peter Fischli David Weiss

It echoes the earliest and most rudimentary types of monuments found around the world: two gigantic rocks seemingly balanced perilously on top of one another.

The colossal sculpture is composed of two granite rocks and stands approximately 5.5 metres high on a concrete base. It will be visible from a number of viewpoints in the Park.

With this deceptively simple gesture, Fischli/Weiss have once again achieved the delicate balancing act of creating a work that is at once incongruous and startling, and yet entirely in tune with its site – both locally and historically.

“In Norway and here, to put one rock on top of another rock in the wilderness is the first thing you do if you want to make a mark. When you walk and you want to find your way back… you make this mark. It is a very archaic, simple thing, but it is referencing the [Robert] Venturi duck. We wanted to make something that forces you to stop your car and get out to take a photograph” Peter Fischli explains.

Sourced in Wales and reminiscent of the many Neolithic monuments found throughout the British countryside, Fischli/Weiss’s rocks are imbued with their unmistakable wit and a serious sense of the absurd.

Address: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA