A mirrored labyrinth hovered over passersby in Madison Square Park in New York. The installation by American artist Teresita Fernández featured 500 feet of mirror-polished discs that were assembled in a canopy formation. Madison Square Park’s Mad. Sq. Art presented the ‘Fata Morgana’ show until Winter 2016. The canopy was assembled above the central pathways and recreational areas.
As Fernández describes, “My concept was to invert the traditional notion of outdoor sculpture by addressing all of the active walkways of the park rather than setting down a sculptural element in the park’s center. By hovering over the park in a horizontal band, Fata Morgana becomes a ghost-like, sculptural, luminous mirage that both distorts the landscape and radiates golden light.”
The sculpture features intricately cut mirrored pieces that resemble the foliage of the park’s botanical gardens. The reflective pattern has a golden effect that replicates and manipulates the surroundings to offer an immersive experience for the visitor. When viewing the routed pieces up close, the pieces appear as puzzle pieces meant to refer to the phenomenon of a mirage. Stretching horizontally the length of the park, the installation bounces off the surrounding environment enabling the illusion that the park is an immersive experience.
Photography ©Noboru Morikawa
Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco via designboom
DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.