The Paris department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche makes shoppers look up to the ceiling once again! After the sculptural mythological creatures, a tribute to the technique of Chinese kites, by artist and architect Ai Weiwei in 2016; and the hanging boats created by hundreds of white threads by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota in January-February 2017, it is now the turn of artist Edoardo Tresoldi to amaze customers and staff at the famous Paris temple of shopping.
Aura is the name of the site-specific installation created by Edoardo Tresoldi made up of two eight-metre-high cupolas. The two ephemeral constructions are suspended from the ceilings designed by Gustave Eiffel and created using two materials: corrugated sheet metal, used by the artist for the first time, and wire mesh, his favourite material, which he uses to create the ethereal installations that have made him famous worldwide. The two large cupolas are treated like ruined architecture and represent two different areas of the history of architecture, which are constantly in dialogue. One is the soul of form, evoking nostalgia for what has disappeared. The other is an empty shell, in which architecture eroded by events returns to nature. The artist himself has described the two cupolas as“relics displayed in an 18th century natural history museum. When visitors see them they retrace the history of architecture through its components”.
Architect: Aura by Edoardo Tresoldi
Location: Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, 24 rue de Sèvres – Paris, France
Photos: Roberto Conte - Images courtesy of Edoardo Tresoldi