Published on: June 5, 2009
PSLAB from Beirut/Lebanon have sent us an inspiring set of images of the result of their recent collaboration with Piuarch from Milan/Italy.
The project was created on the occasion of Milan Design Week (Fuori Salone 2009)
Here follows detailed description by PSLAB:
The conceptual installation expresses shared thoughts between Piuarch Milan and PSLAB Beirut on light and architecture, on design and rethinking an object or a building from a different perspective giving new life to existing objects.
An idea, 3 weeks to make it happen, 702 plastic gallons reinterpreted as lighting objects, wired and assembled as modules in Beirut and with these a 5,5 x 8 mt light wall built on site in Milan during a weekend as an intervention on the faĂ§ade of the building and in the context of the courtyard where Piuarch studio is located.
A lot of public and success for the opening party on April 22nd to underline the real interest for an installation which goes beyond the limits of the exposition, of the explicit presentation, to express in a conceptual way, with an act in between a building intervention and an art installation, real and shared thoughts on the meaning of rethinking and redoing in a different way something already existing.
Trying to re/question the use of designing and producing when there is saturation in all domains. That is why the practice of re/doing and re/using is sufficient and meaningful for our existence in the new design world.
Shifting the aim from how to do the object, to how it is used again. Hence from a basic tool that we use as recipient – the gallon (20×24)cm (24×30)cm (17×34)cm – we build two modules of (120×131)cm and (48×131)cm, and with these modules a whole surface of (524×787)cm is covered.
Using these small recipients becomes an exercise of playful exploration and discovery of how to construct a whole facade.
That is why we decided to locate our insertion at the external facade letting the pedestrians discover the setting.
The installation also casts a glow of light onto the streetÂ which makes it more functional for the small courtyard keeping an impact of contrast between the glowing white plastic and the old solid architectural facades.
The play is between the two sides of the installation; side one – the bases of the gallons face the passage tracing a specific texture created by the mold of the gallon, and side two – light is contained in the cap of the gallon facing the inside facade driving the pedestrians inside the space, to perceive and discover the light insertion versus the density through 702 recipients blocking the large opening.
We fill to become full.
Posted by: Mitja Prelovsek