‘Persistent Illusion’ subverts both the symbolism and historical significance of the fountain. Often used in city squares, parks and municipal gardens for the glorification of political leaders, merchants and historical achievements, the fountain is a claim to man’s mastering of nature, orchestrating a scene made purposefully for our enjoyment or politicisation. In this line, Troika’s fountain presents us with a distinct problem in the fact that, strictly speaking, this is not a fountain. Upon closer inspection, the water in Troika’s fountain is rope, catapulted at a speed.
By substituting water by rope ‘Persistent Illusion’ is a playful take on the accuracy and exchangability of phenomenological, idealized, theoretical, imaginary or mathematical models - here that of Newton's 1st Law of Motion - and the role they play in rationally explaining the world to us. With ‘Persistent Illusion’ Troika continue their research into the types and representational functions of models and how each model will ever only be one lens of many through which to view reality.
‘Persistent Illusion’ was realised as part of an ambitious public art programme funded by the City of Utrecht in 2013. The resulting international exhibition ‘Call of the Mall’ , curated by Huib Haye van der Werf, featured new works by artists Christian Jankowski, Henrik Vibskov, Wilfredo Prieto, Antonio Vega Macotela, Sylvie Fleury, Robbie Cornelissen, Nathan Coley, Pilvi Takala, Fernando Sanchez Cadstillo, Gabriel Lester, Melle Smets, John Miller, Troika, Bik Van der Pol, Matthew Darbyshire, Krijn de Koning, Ligna and Lily van der Stokker.