IMPACT - Nick Steur


During your visit to Klankenbos, you can now discover IMPACT, one of the three new works of art.

Artist Nick Steur got inspired for this work by witnessing a meteor in the desert and started an investigation into the impact of an impact. An apple that suddenly falls out of a tree, the meteor that most likely caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, a pandemic; there are events that are unforeseeable. With the (literal) release of an enormous weight, attention is focused on this inevitable, unexpected moment, which leaves us with an impression. The question is which one. 

On 23 October 2020, the stone fell from a gigantic height and every day it becomes more and more part of the place. The stone will be photographed every fortnight, for 10 years, to portray its slow impact. Its silent presence appeals to the imagination as a witness to our relationship with time and nature.

Nick Steur (NL) is an artist working primarily with unprocessed materials, with stone being his favourite medium. Though many think of him as a visual artist, Steur is keen on the ‘live’ aspect of performance. Rather than grand gestures or symbolism, his actions appear mainly functional; connecting steel, moving a boulder or catching a drop of water… However through skill and intense focus he is able to reconnect an inner dialogue with an external reality. This holistic approach succeeds in communicating subtle changes in time and space, and perhaps in people.

Since graduating in 2011 from the institute for performative arts in Maastricht, Nick Steur has been invited by numerous museums and international arts festivals and has won several prizes. Currently he resides in Brussels and is supported by Stichting SoAP, IN SITU, Workspace Brussels, C-TAKT and the Performing Arts Fund in the Netherlands.

In collaboration with C-TAKT and SoAP.