br. 360 cm
De la Reyweg, Den Haag
52.0639709693843, 4.28940860249729 View on map
It is reminiscent of the spine of a lithe, twisted body. Geometric and executed in Corten steel. The sculpture is pure and simple: a rectangle on its side, seven squares and a horizontal rectangle. The squares form the hinge between the rectangles. They tilt and take the large rectangle with them in that movement.
Paul de Regt's sculpture 'Draaiing' undoubtedly owes its name to this succession of forms. It is unlikely that the artist himself gave the work this title. In the Haagsche Courant of 22 June 1977, he said the following about it: 'You have to think twice about a name if you don't want to call it simply "construction". Besides, people give names when they pass one of your sculptures.
Draaiing', made in 1979 and placed two years later in the central reservation of the De la Reyweg, fits perfectly within De Regt's carefully and consistently built up abstract geometric oeuvre. It is special in De Regt's oeuvre because it seems as if the artist has extensively abstracted a naturally formed and mobile backbone. A certain tension can always be detected in his work. That is also what De Regt wants to achieve. But here, the static forms are arranged in such a refined way that they express movement, and tension becomes dynamic.
A large part of De Regt's art is monumental, often commissioned and designed for the everyday urban environment. In his design, De Regt draws a parallel with the principles used by architects. That is why his works of art echo the architectural rhythms of plane and line: of rectangle, square and triangle, of horizontal, vertical and diagonal.