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Reflective Installation Serves A Simplistic Purpose At Hungarian Music Festival

Mirage Pavilion, Studio Nomad, Budapest, Sziget Festival, Mirror Art Installation, Photography Balazs Danyi
Photography © Balázs Danyi

In a unique art installation, Budapest architects derive inspiration from First and Second World War battleships. Designers at Studio Nomad created the Mirage Pavilion for the Sziget Festival, a summer music festival on Hajóayári. The small-forested island sits in the Danube River and housed the temporary installation made of 1,200 reflective plastic pieces.

The over 75-foot suspended piece boasted a series of intricately arranged mirrored diamonds that reflected the Hungarian forestland surrounding it.

Mirage Pavilion, Studio Nomad, Budapest, Sziget Festival, Mirror Art Installation, Photography Balazs Danyi
Photography © Balázs Danyi

When describing the installation, Studio Nomad’s co-founder David Tarcali describes, “Moving through the installation, these pixels create a fragmented image by dissolving the back and foreground.”

The statement piece sought to address the mundane use of sophisticated technology in the music scene. Often LED lights and high-tech visual effects are showcased in the European club scene and the designers wanted an opportunity to showcase the beauty in simplicity.

Mirage Pavilion, Studio Nomad, Budapest, Sziget Festival, Mirror Art Installation, Photography Balazs Danyi
Photography © Balázs Danyi

While the project was constructed using simplistic design elements, materials and techniques, the result was not simple at all.

Mirage Pavilion, Studio Nomad, Budapest, Sziget Festival, Mirror Art Installation, Photography Balazs Danyi
Photography © Balázs Danyi

“In the last years, more and more installations have appeared that use mapping, tracking and LED visual effects to interact and attract visitors to the festivals,” Tarcali explains, “Our design aim was to challenge these active installations using only basic architectural tools and elements.”

Mirage Pavilion, Studio Nomad, Budapest, Sziget Festival, Mirror Art Installation, Photography Balazs Danyi
Photography © Balázs Danyi

Artist inspiration can be derived from all sorts of places; music, architecture, life experiences, other artists, but interestingly, the architects for the Mirage Pavilion sought inspiration from battleship design. Ships during the First and Second World Wars often boasted colorful exteriors with ornate, clashing patterns to confuse enemies; a similar tactic is used in the animal kingdom with species that can camouflage.

The Mirage Pavilion utilized those same techniques of an intricate pattern coupled with a camouflage material to create a virtually invisible artistic installation.

Information courtesy of Dezeen + Studio Nomad
Photography © Balázs Danyi

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.

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