Softlab, Is a study in New York, their most recent project '(n) arcissus', a site specific installation designed and built for node10.
The piece fits in the center of the stairwell of the art center Frankfurter Kunstverein Frankfurt, Germany,
it has a height of 9 meters, and is supported by two metal rings, the first at the top of the stairwell and the other hanging from the ceiling of the hall.
The installation is built by over 1000 mylar panels and vinyl laser cut.
The pieces change shape according to their position, always keeping their X configuration the shape of the pieces change into the shape of a square of an 'X' shape based on their position within the structure, the layers take on different shapes creating of color shades and differences in opacity / reflection.
When a spectator enters the hall of the space, it is not clear that the piece extends the height of the museum, only when the spectator enters the installation or climbs the spiral staircase that the maximum extent of the structure is evident. both experiences are different due to the double skin of (n) arcissus'.
Inside the installation, the reflective layer produces a very narrow vertical space in which the viewer is confronted with the distorted reflection produced by the hundreds of mirror panels.
When the visitor moves up the stairs through space, (n) arcissus creates a connection between the floors of the gallery through a form gradually clear, produced by the tension of the roof surface.
Images marius watz
(N) arcissus design team consists of: Michael Szívós, Carrie and Charlotte McKnelly Vlerick
Installation performed by Brandt Graves.