MARIO BOTTA: ARCHISCULPTURE

ART BASEL IN MIAMI BEACH 2018

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THE ART PIECE

Mario Botta

Mario Botta

Archisculpture

The sleek vertical wooden slats, aligned in organic, feminine curves, invite the viewer to explore what lies within. An ingeniously designed panelled screen separates two minimalist stools, each sitting in an identical curved space. At once a sculpture and a structure, the installation combines the Bauhaus codes so closely associated with La Prairie’s own design aesthetic.

Once inside, the viewer becomes the participant, experiencing the parenthetical space as a respite from the outside world – a place where time stands still. A soundscape designed especially for the installation envelopes the participant with an audio composition that enhances the intimacy of the interior. Seated on one of the stools, the participant spies another through the screen. Thus, the two share a single sensation, if only fleetingly.

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