Threaded Structures & Glass Sculptures

This week two art installations caught my eye, both contemporary sculpures placed in historic buildings and both explore reflections, light and transparancy.

The first is Les Voutes Filantes by Atelier YokYok for the 2015 Cahors June Garden Festival. 
The architects designed a threaded structure in the middle of a sixteenth-century gothic style cloister in St Stephen’s Cathedral. 

Different types of arches – lancet, ogee, semicircular – shape each threaded tunnel-vault differently, while at the same time mirroring the gothic cloister surrounding the installation. The choice of colour and the playful interaction with light make this such a wonderful piece that subtly changes through the day.

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The second is Reflective 3 by Carlo Brandelli for Pitti Uomo 88 Designer Project and can be seen in the central courtyard of the Medici Palace in Florence.

The commanding 6 x 6 metre square unites 20 rectangular glass panels, encased by 25 bronze mirrored podiums, and explores the notions of reflection, transparency and narcissism. Transparancy and precision geometry are also key elements in his S/S 2016 collection for Kilgour.