Reflection is a perverted repetition. It twists, inverts and multiplies the surrounding space distorting references of location. A space composed by reflective elements is therefore a space of blurred boundaries: in, out, far, near, front, back, unique, multiple, real, reflected. At the university campus, whose configuration searches optimization and readability by means of repeated answers and pre-established signs, arose the possibility for a singular place where this same repetition could be multiplied exponentially so as to materialize itself in a object that at the same time influences and is influenced by this specific location. There is, however, an element even more important to consider, one that activates and gives meaning to the objects: the user / observer. Unlike a mere passive spectator, it is the observer who composes the work through his/her position and motion in space. Such movement is then 'reflected' by objects that "dance" with the movement of passers and accuses them of being themselves also actors in a multiple reality, dynamic and interconnected.
The tectonics of the built elements should be very simple, for the execution was to be held by a two-person local welding company. In this sense the parametrized and carefully calculated project had to be translated to a low tech reality through the use of 1:1 print outs on sheets of paper, and a very close monitoring of the fabrication and building process. Constructively, the installation is composed of approximately 90 frames made of 3 cm square section profiles welded to a laser cut metal base. These frames are then enclosed with very thin reflective stainless steel plates. In the section where the parts leave the contact with the ground, a tridimensional curved truss structure was designed as an “arch” built with mechanically bent tubes and welded profiles, counterweighted by concrete blocks on its two support points. Near the center of the installation there are 10 “technologically filled” frames. With the use of windshield motors, belts, electric plates and proximity sensors it is possible to automatically rotate these metal prisms accompanying the passage of nearby observers through the space.
Location: Curitiba - Brazil
Architect(s): Aleph Zero (Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes), Juliano Monteiro Studio
Project team: Ernesto Bueno, Lucas Issey, Hugo Loss, Mathilde Poupart, Lucille Daunay, Sabine Meister,
Collaborator(s): Gisele Pinna, Adriano Dorigo, Alexandre Ruiz,. Haraldo Freudenberg
Bruna Fabre, Eduardo Witt, Gabriela Casagrande, Marcelo Loro and Marcela Furtado
Structural engineer: Ricardo Dias
Electrical engineer: Fernando Marins
Client: Positivo University
Use: architectural installation
Site area: 395 m2
Bldg. area: 100 m2
Gross floor area: 100 m2
Photos: Rodrigo Jorge, Juliano Monteiro