Belval is built on a history of steel production and therefore aluminium might at first glance appear to be a material that is foreign to the local context. However, Rickard’s work here is created with waste aluminium gathered from the local area, inverting the presumption that it’s a foreign substance and embracing the community as a contemporary collective resource.
Through utilising a physical material that has already experienced several rounds of reinvention Rickard draws on these successive lives, past or future. During the course of the “Public Art Experience” residency Rickard has accumulated a significant stock of waste aluminium from residential, institutional and commercial waste, before recasting it as a single public gesture, cubic in form and hollow inside. This new volume references the architectural forms that are emerging within the redevelopment of Belval and provides an intimate space within the expansive public plazas.
Those that have contributed aluminium to Yield will remain connected to the sculpture as shareholders through agreements that echo the share certificates of Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks, the original owner of the Belval steel works. Following installation within Belval, Yield will eventually be re-melted into small elements for redistribution to the original shareholders, realising the sculpture’s subsequent form as is returns full circle to become a large fragmented work dispersed throughout Luxembourg.