For FC Basel's 120th anniversary, Dave has created a work of art in honour of the club which has been hand-signed by all players of both the current and previous season. The work, which bears the title "Basler Zeit" (Basel's time) was first unveiled by FC Basel manager Murat Yakin in the presence of club players and management on April 18th, 2013.
The sculpture is 2.3 metres high and rotates around its own axis, showing an abundance of individual images while doing so. Surreal motifs and life-sized football players can be seen, while hundreds of historical photographs documenting the city of Basel and its football club after 1893 become apparent when viewing the work up close. A spectacular monument to Basel has been created - both to the club and the town, but more than anything, to its fans. The signatures of two of the best teams in the club's history also make it a worthy tribute to recent successes.
In addition to the large-scale sculpture "Basler Zeit", 120 individual pictures on canvas have been created, all of which have also been individually hand-signed by all FCB players of the years 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 - making each one absolutely unique. Each picture symbolises one specific year of the club's history and is numbered accordingly, starting with 1893. These unique commemorative pieces are available directly from the club.
The work "Basler Zeit" is on public display with other works of Dave's at Schifflände in Basel until May 24th 2013.
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by TF on Mon, 22. Apr 2013, 20:29
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After almost two years of preparation, an event that was meant to bring together the worlds of art and charity for an evening finally took place on October 7th. Dave had invited René Prêtre, Swiss person of the year 2009, to his hometown of Laufen. Mr Prêtre, who is chief physician for heart surgery at the Zürich children's hospital, owes his high profile to the charitable work he does with his foundation "Le petit coeur", which provides free heart operations for children in need in developing countries.
Around a hundred guests were invited to see the exhibition, which took place in a space of around 1000 m2. The evening's highlights were Mr Prêtre's presentation, which offered fascinating insights into his charitable work, and the first showing of the performance "Tote Episode" ("Dead episode"), held in complete darkness with the aid of fluorescent paint.
The goals of the evening were to create a cultural experience that falls outside of the usual patterns, and to raise awareness for the problems in developing countries as well as encouraging personal initiative. In order to contribute to this personally as well, Dave will be donating 20% of the proceeds for any work of his that is sold until the end of November 2011 to "Le petit coeur".
Special thanks go out to Bank Valiant, who not only contributed significantly to the evening's success with their sponsorship, but also by taking on with great energy much of the organisational effort required to make it happen, as well as making a donation of their own to "Le petit coeur".
A few impressions of the event and performance can be found in the slideshow above. (Photography: Dani Altermatt, airwave.ch)
by TF on Mon, 17. Oct 2011, 13:07
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Selected works by Dave are currently on display to the public at Charlottenstrasse 65 in Berlin, near the historic Gendarmenmarkt, and will remain so for the next two years.
A few surprises are planned for this exhibition... More to follow.
Here are a few sneak impressions...
by TF on Wed, 15. Jun 2011, 17:28
by TF on Thu, 12. May 2011, 13:46
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After a creative process that lasted for almost the entire year, Dave's fourth Victory Work, created in homage to the FIFA football world cup of 2010 in South Africa, has finally been completed! Bearing the title "REACHING FOR THE STARS", it marks the breaking of new ground in several ways for Dave. For instance, this is the first time that such a work has been completed not before, but during the world cup. This made it possible for Dave to include impressions of the competition's actual events -- numerous scenes that took place inside and outside of South Africa's stadiums this summer are depicted on it.
Since the first world cup in an African country was an event of great importance for the entire continent, Dave's goal was to create a work of art that dealt not just with football, but also lived up to the full depth of the event's historical background and its implications for the continent's future. This can easily be seen in the work's motifs: Nelson Mandela reaches his hand through the bars of his prison cell, a plant grows out of the dusty soil of the townships, and young children, playing football on a gigantic pane of glass, celebrate a goal. Two overdimensional players in gold and silver symbolize the competition, and on them, impressions of the world cup can be found: Cheering fans, victorious players and of course lots of vuvuzelas bring back memories of the summer.
Dave has not allowed himself to be limited to conventional modes of artistic expression, either -- giving his work of art the shape of a hollowed-out sphere that, with its diameter of 2.5 meters, easily fits a person. Gaps in its walls allow the observer to not only gaze into the work, but to actually step inside it.
Like the existing three world cup works of art, "Reaching for the stars" will be auctioned off for charity at a later date after being signed by the Spanish and Dutch national teams.
by TF on Fri, 17. Dec 2010, 01:16