Images courtesy of 24° Studio
The path to ruins of Kasteli Castle in Pyrgos, Greece is nothing special. The smallish course feeds into a tunnel that’s more of an enclosed room, with painted chip walls and coarse sandy floors–distress signs wrought by humidity. The visitor passes unceremoniously from this confined space on through to the mountaintop, as quickly forgotten as it was treaded. 24° Studio‘s ‘Daphne‘ aims to add a bit of luster to this spatial sequence by activating the tunnel with an installation, like the ruins before it, celebrates “the coexistence of past, present and future.”
Designed for the 2012 Santorini Biennale of Arts, Daphne is comprised of hundreds of hollow paper stars that have been linked together in a vault-like arrangement that encapsulates the tunnel. The paper panels are interspersed at the foot of the stairs, from where the piece “grows” until the whole of the interior is enveloped in stars. When aggregated the panels become self-supporting, allowing visitors to pass freely under the arched span of the installation. At dusk, LEDs embedded in the units illuminate the tunnel with a field of stars that’s at once both mesmerizing and eerie, given the isolated context and spatial compression. The designers expect that environmental conditions such as wind and humidity will modify the structure in interesting ways, something very much on their minds when they chose paper as their building material: “The transformation of paper[‘s] textural and color quality can bring phenomenal conditions of time and space. These latent effects of material expressing this ephemeral condition will become a key factor, in which the “past”, “present” and “future” all will be contained.”
Daphne will be on view at the 2012 Santorini Biennale of Arts through September 30th, 2012.