Material: Burnt wood ( from wood scraps) , Ink and charcoal on ostrich eggs
The sculpture symbolizes the genesis of the cities, its interactivity, its intrinsic link through urban settings with the Natural territory... Read More
The sculpture symbolizes the genesis of the
cities, its interactivity, its intrinsic link through urban settings with the
Natural territory and thus evoke the fragility of our civilization facing
Every city can be seen as an Urbatopia, part of
a natural environment and not the opposite, it should add weight to the
orderliness of the Natural grid. The underpinning rules of Nature have bearing
the way we developped aesthetic value to building and townscape. Chaos principles
abound in Nature.
If we look at morphology of the cities, there
is an analogy between urban settings and Natural development regulated by ‘’
the epigenetic manual”. The epigenetic principle states that development is the
outcome of certain underlying rules plus specific sensitivy to the environnement.
Concept transferable to urban scheme. Every town is a unique species, a living
organism. Its accumulatio of buildings constitute the epigenetic programme for
that place. What exists sets the fundamental rules for the way that new development
should respond to its context.
The egg is a universal and self-explanatory
symbol. The idea that the universe was born from an egg is shared by nearly all
civilizations and cultures. It can be applied to the concept of the city seen
has an Urbatopia.
Every city is considered (following the
epigenetic principle) has a unique species, a living organism, fragile
from its inner organs and outer structure. Like an egg, when the shell is open,
the organ system its development is the outcome of certain underlying rule with
a specific sensitivity to its environment.
The urban morphology of the sculpture is defined
following fractal geometry ( a tiragone duplicated) to increase the interweave,
the interrelation with chaos pattern defining Nature elements (Nature create asymmetric
patterns from underlying uniformity). That Natural / Urban matrix is made out
of wood blocks burnt, using the SHOU SUGI BAN technic. It emphasizes metaphorically
the colonization of the ground and substitution of trees forest by buildings’
The cities Hatching (the 7 eggs) are set, located
according to the Fibonacci sequence, in order to juxtaposed natural development
with urban layout because Man used that sequence to establish spatial configuration
/ proportion in Architecture. Moreover, it enables to express how the expansion
of the cities through timeline bring a progressive closeness deleting territory
Each ostrich egg incorporate different types of
architectural and urban scars drawn with ink representing the major different
urban grid / morphology that Man elaborated since antiquity until nowadays (
Rome, NY, Dubai, Barcelona, Paris, Karlsruhe, Brasilia, San Francisco) . A
lightning from the ground would sanctify the birth of the city.
In the center is displayed an 8th egg
dig in the ground like a Natures’ ruin in the urban desert. Its covered
entirely with ink , illustrating full urbanization. The germ is fractured and
stitch with golden thread (referring to the Kintsugi). Nature has been stifled
by the city. An accumulation of fractures, and despite the sew back, the nature extinct, carrying the civilization off.
Thus the artwork express the intimate link
between Nature, Man and its Architectural writings. The sculpture generates the
notion of complexity and contradiction in urban and architectural development,
facing randomness with direction. It brings to mind how fragile our society/civilization
is when savage territory is not considered as a primary element.