Cityscope – Urban Kaleidoscope

German designer Marco Hemmerling has created a faceted installation in Cologne, Germany, called Cityscope that reflects fragments of surrounding buildings:

Cityscope – Urban Kaleidoscope

The installation „cityscope“ deals with the fragmented perception of urban spaces. The bevelling structure can be seen as an urban kaleidoscope, that reflects fragmented views on the city and composes at the same time a three-dimensional image of the surrounding facades.

Cityscope by Marco Hemmerling 

While moving around the sculpture the images, that reflect on the triangulated envelope, continuously change. In that way the beholder becomes an integral part of the installation and its complex reflections.

The radiant foil, that is applied to the outer skin of the sculpture reflects, dependent on the daylight situation and the position of the beholder, the light in different colours.

The colour-transformation generates an intentional alienation, that reinforces the idea of a fragmented perception.

At night the reflective, colour-distorting film on its surface becomes transparent and the structure is lit from within.

The project was designed digitally in 3D from the beginning, using Rhinoceros Software. The final shape is related to the site and reacts to the height and proportions of the surroundings (station, church, dome…).

The production of the elements was realized by digital fabrication technology (CAD-CAM) for both the aluminium framework and the synthetic elements of the bevelling skin. The light installation was programmed with different sequences in order to support a dynamic perception of the sculpture by night.

I don’t want to be a killjoy but I gotta say, seeing in colour is such a gift.
Awesome installation!
…Come to think of it, Auckland City has a similar looking one:

Mountain Fountain - Aotea Square, Auckland City, New Zealand

Err… Geometrically speaking of course.

~ by Fionnlagh on November 26, 2008.

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