Toupies d’eau (Water Tops) is a sculpture composed of five stainless steel tops placed in the centre of a pool. A type of game emerges between the stable and unstable elements: a precarious balance for these spinning tops, with a human resonance. Energy produced by hydraulic pressure causes the sculptures to turn on their own axis, like whirling dervishes. The circular movement gives rise to a perpetual, repetitive and cyclical pattern.
Originally from Canada, Ilana Isehayek (1956) lives and works in Strasbourg. Questions of roots, travel, cultures of origin and adoption are central to her work. The motifs of the boat, the planisphere, the spinning top, and the concept of randomness are recurrent themes in her painting, sculpture and installations.