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Mirror Installation Distorts Our Relationship With Public Spaces

Mirror Installation Distorts Our Relationship With Public Spaces
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Arnaud Luppierre's massive reflective ring installation deconstructs our perception of our surroundings.

Dylan Schenker
  • 29 november 2011

How does the construction of a public space affect how we interact with it? In any space that we inhabit we are, conscious or not, in a dialectic relationship with our surroundings. We navigate a space according to our own intuitive sense of its construction in relation to how much freedom its design allows for us to do that. But what if the structure of a space we were in were suddenly to dissolve or become indeterminate?

In Arnaud Luppierre‘s installation the Ring plays with how reflection can deconstruct and confuse the identity of a public space. The large cylindrical installation is comprised of stacked mirror cubes interspersed with empty space between them mingling reality with the reflections. An optical illusion is created where the actual public space is broken down into fragments playing with how reflection can break down our perception of our surroundings. It presents a series of shapes and images that cannot be tidily put back together. At the same time it accentuates particular details of the public space in its isolated reflection of individual mirrored blocks.

The installation reevaluates our relationship with public spaces and how they affect our perception. It denaturalizes a constructed space to heighten our awareness to how it was built or designed. The installation is currently in Place Vendôme in Paris and was created for the FAIC conference sponsored by Audi.

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