How the project came to be
In late 1998, after discovering that Herman Makkink -
then my teacher in spatial research at The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in
Amsterdam - was responsible for the more important sculptures used in
Stanley Kubrick's film version of A Clockwork Orange, we got into a
long conversation about the book and the film.
Herman promised he would show me his clockwork orange files and one
of the remaining sculptures which he had kept for himself. I was quite
overwhelmed when I saw a beat up Rocking Machine on his studio table
(detached from the set of the movie) and genuinely surprised to discover
that it was not solid porcelain (a suggestion picked up from it's movement
and seeming weight in Alex's hands), but made of glass fibre with a
pendulum mechanism which gives it it's characteristic movement and weight.
Herman had made a series of six in 1969 (before Kubrick's film) as independent
works of art.
Both of us being ardent film fans and admirers of Kubrick's movies,
we discussed the history of the sculptures and his involvement in Kubrick's
film. I suggested he produce a second series of this fascinating sculpture.
At first Herman was quite reluctant about starting work on a project
he had finished three decades ago (Herman always being busy with some
new project), but he said he might still have the original mold. He
could not locate it though and thought it was destroyed during a storage
space cleanup (a casual thing with sculptors I understand) and without
the mold and very little time on our hands... the idea gradually dwindled
off. We kept on seeing each other on and off and about a year later
I got a telephone call from Herman stating that he had dug up the original
mold. After seeing the dusty mold our enthusiasm was rekindled and we
again discussed reissuing another series, if I was willing to assist
the master himself...
Shortly thereafter we heard of Kubricks death, and somehow the project
became even more relevant.
After locating another assistant (for the times Herman was off completing
other projects) - Branislav Solic, a Croat sculptor and artist in his
own right, the clockwork started turning...
This project is dedicated to the memory of a great visionary - Stanley