One cubic meter of broken silence, 2009
vandalized art object, brick, glass steel
104 cm x 104 cm x 104 cm
Sarah van Sonsbeeck's work is two-sided: in the one hand, she tries to define, defend and extend private space; on the other, she simultaneously reveals the impossibility and perhaps even undesirability of being completely shut off from the world. A case in point is when she tried to contain one cubic meter of silence on the as yet undeveloped plot of land around Museum De Paviljoens in the rapidly developing new town of Almere. One night the reinforced glass cube was smashed with a stone by local youths. She embraced this vandalising act and renamed the work "One Cubic Meter of Broken Silence" (2009).