Thursday, March 27, 2014

Installation: Mirror Culture

"Mirror Culture" by Ignatov Architects
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Last summer, Ignatov Architects erected this outdoor installation in Varna, Bulgaria with the assistance of 128 volunteers who gathered six thousand used compact discs and tied them onto a fishing net at the entrance of a local seaside garden.  The resulting surface reflects the light as it ripples in the breeze, like a fish's scales catching the light beneath the waves.

The resulting piece, "Mirror Culture," was seen by over fifty thousand visitors in the course of the summer, and its popularity raised public support to nominate Varna as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. 

"It was my fascination with the play of light on fish scales and on liquid surfaces that made me think of a flexible mirror," lead architect Borislav Ignatov told Slate in a recent interview.  "I realized that the optical discs use the same principles of refraction and separation of light as fish scales and I decided to use them for the purpose."

Mirror Culture

Mirror Culture

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