The Light Within
Installation by Herman van Bergen, visual artist in Curaçao. Title of the installation is ‘The Light Within’, from the Thorn-series in 2008.
Herman makes sculptures with the thorn of the Acacia Tortuosa. These thorns are locally called ‘sumpiñas’.
This installation was displayed in 2008. It shows a tall pillar made of thorns, ending in a Christ-like image, exhibited at the back of a vaulted room. The path leading to the pillar is flanked by lighted orbs, made of the same thorns. The lighted orbs create a dramatic sphere, enhancing the religious experience when entering the installation.
The vault where the installation is exhibited in 2008 is located in the Rif Fort. This historical fort, built in 1828, is part of the early 19th century defense system for protection of the harbor entrance, the St. Anna Bay.