In an effort to transform our vision of well-worn architecture, French design Arnaud Lapierre has created a moving art installation in the heart of Venice. Using sixteen round mirrors that slowly turn in synchronicity, Lapierre breaks apart some of Venice’s most famous buildings. These fragments then bounce back and completely disarm our sensibilities.
Lapierre’s contemporary installation, AZIMUT, was originally installed on the Riva degli Schiavoni, just in front of the Doge’s Palace, in late February. Though it’s now been removed due to the current world crisis, Lapierre’s documentation of the event is a powerful representation of the artwork. Through photographs and video, we see how AZIMUT profoundly impacts our perception of the environment.
As each mirror captures a different aspect of the urban landscape, these hulking pieces of architecture are broken down into digestible segments. In some ways, this makes them easier to take in, as different details are framed within the single mirrors and, therefore, our focus is directed. The slow, relaxing pace of the rotation draws us in, almost asking us to sit back and let the mirrors take the lead. By allowing them to do so, we’re given the pleasure of gaining a new perspective on the environment.
Though the installation was cut short, Lapierre hopes to reschedule AZIMUT for another round in Venice at a later date. In the meantime, prepare to be mesmerized.