Making of AERIAL BOUNDARIES by Loris Cecchini
Site-specific installation for the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence
30 April to 1 July 2012
On the occasion of Florence’s White Night on 30 April 2012, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi presents a new site-specific installation by Italian artist, Loris Cecchini, consisting of a group of large suspended sculptural shapes that will create a new dialogue with the perfect geometry of the Palazzo Strozzi, a symbol of the Florentine Renaissance.
Aerial Boundaries’ suspended shapes lead to a process of transfiguration and dematerialization of sculpture and space. The installation is made up of different volumes, each one comprising countless reflecting octagonal modules, folding in on themselves and welded to metallic structures conceived as irregular polyhedral shapes. As a kind of filter or a prism, the work fragments the observer’s gaze and reflects it back to itself, to the sky and the surrounding architecture.
Loris Cecchini’s starting point seems to be the so-called Platonic Solids, three-dimensional shapes interpreted by the philosopher as symbols of perfection and a tool for mediating between physical and spiritual reality. These figures have been used by the first modern astronomers to explain the structure of the cosmos and by Renaissance thinkers and artists, from the “divine proportion” of Piero della Francesca to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
Curated by Franziska Nori
With the support of J.P. Morgan and thanks to the collaboration of the Associazione Partners Palazzo Strozzi.
Special thanks for the installation setting to:
Giacomo Ricci, Matteo Grassetti, Paolo Calimici
Prof. Giovanni Surace and Florence’s Accademia di Belle Arti students: Veronica Billi, Eugenia Chiasserini, Stefano Giuri, Francesca Romano, Malgorzata Stebart
Bagnoli srl, Firenze
The video has been realized by Tayu Vlietstra
More info: strozzina.org/en/exhibitions/aerial-boundaries-loris-cecchini/