As Long as
the Sun Lasts

17.5.22 - 23.10.22

A big blue bird has landed on the Calder-terrace. This large-scale, colourful sculpture 'As Long as the Sun Lasts' stands as a preview of American artist Alex Da Corte’s upcoming exhibition as well as a powerful statement in its own right.

The three sculptures by Alexander Calder are among the most iconic works in museum’s park, however a large, new work by Alex Da Corte will temporarily take the place of Calder’s iconic kinetic work Little Janey-Wayney.

The new 26-foot-tall sculpture combines Calder’s iconic and graceful style with a heavier base, inspired by mass-produced toy kits that can be reassembled in different ways without tools. On a crescent moon with a ladder, perches a blue version of Big Bird, the beloved character from the American children’s TV show Sesame Street.

From New York to Humlebæk

Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts, 2021. Som installeret på / as installed in The Roof Garden Commission: Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 16 - October 31, 2021. Courtesy of the artist, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts, 2021. Commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2021. Courtesy of the artist, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Foto: Kim Hansen.

The sculpture is from 2021, where Alex Da Corte was invited to create a site-specific installation for The Roof Garden of the The MET in New York. It is the ninth in a series of site-specific commissions for the outdoor space.

When visiting the museum rooftop in New York before starting working on the project, Alex Da Corte was struck by the immense power of the blue sky - and it became important for him, that whatever he created for this site must be "in service" of the sky.

The bird and I...

In this video, Alex Da Corte explains some of the many references you can find in his work. For example, why Big Bird is the color blue, why the character sits with a ladder, and how Alexander Calder's original signature from the work Little Janey-Waney was reinterpreted.

HIGH AND LOW

‘As Long as The Sun Lasts’ is a prime example of how Alex Da Corte deftly fuses disparate elements of high and low culture in a universe of bright colours, disguises and humour – though staying true to an underlying earnestness. In this way the work serves as a brilliant introduction to the artist and his practice, that will be fully uncovered in the special exhibition at Louisiana, opening mid-July.