morning star kinetic sculpture by karina smigla-bobinski morning star kinetic sculpture by karina smigla-bobinski
aug 12, 2015

morning star kinetic sculpture by karina smigla-bobinski

morning star kinetic sculpture by karina smigla-bobinski
all images courtesy of karina smigla-bobinski




artist karina smigla-bobinski presents her ‘morning star’ exhibition at the BBK in munich, germany. the piece is made of nearly 300 arrows piercing directly into a unseen center. taking shape as a free-floating sphere, it appears frozen in the dual states of both expansion and implosion. this sense of duality and ambivalence, is the driving force behind the celebratory work.

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‘morning star’ arrow detail




arrows, to smigla-bobinski, are a pure example of such a state. the head represents aggression, made of cold, hard material capable of puncturing any thing or one unlucky enough to face it. yet, its opposite is composed of feather; symbolic of lightness and the feeling of freedom. the two concepts are held together by nothing more than a thin black line.


video courtesy of karina smigla-bobinksi




the piece’s name, ‘morning star’ has a similarly two-tone quality. its is both a known nickname for venus, our brightest star as well as the mythological goddess of love and beauty; and a brute weapon used for centuries to bludgeon ones enemies. common to all these polarities, is a point at which they meet. a taut epicenter that keeps the line between strained, constantly balancing one idea against the other. ‘morning star’ is currently at BBK in munich, germany. 

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a visitor experiences the installation 

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nearly 300 arrows compose the piece 

‘morning star’ weapon (center) and ‘venus’ by beham sebald



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edited by: nick brink | designboom 

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