Inspirations

NEON LIGHT INSTALLATIONS BY MASSIMO UBERTI.

Italian artist Massimo Uberti is renowned for his gravity-defying sculptural light installations throughout the world. Simple forms, symmetry and pursuit of elegance characterise his work. Uberti paints, sculpts and recreates spaces by inserting elegant neon tubes that create secondary reality-altering 3D forms.

The core of Uberti’s philosophy is the process of reduction. His efforts are almost always directed toward reducing his works to their essence, using nothing but bare neon tubes and other raw materials. In doing so, the artist manages to maximise the impact of his installations.

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The Little Spaces Left Between Canal Houses

1m wide, 10m deep, 12m high… These are the dimensions of an alley between two houses, at Herengracht 127/129, in the canal area of Amsterdam. This alley has been forgotten for years. Closed off for safety reasons. Hidden behind a metallic door. A metal junk yard ignored in favour of the surrounding narrow buildings classified as monuments.

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Didier Faustino’s comic book invention

As if exploding out of the entrance to Bloc’s folly, This is Not a Lovesong is Faustino’s first piece, which combines sculpture and architecture. Framing the doors, the installation is made up of a brightly painted orangey-red floor and adjoining walls, one cut in the quirky style of comic book explosion. The shape of the temporary installation adds life to the once inhabited villa, suggesting movement and action in a building that was once a home and is now a stoic museum space. Made from bricks and mortar, the bright piece enlivens the lush green landscape of Bloc’s complex, while also echoing Bloc’s signature architectural style, tying present with past.

Related: Didier Faustino’s Big Bang House is Shaped Like a Starburst

Inside one of Bloc’s brick and mortar structures, Faustino’s other piece, Nowhere Somewhere, infuses light and sound into the space. Made up of a cluster of neon arrows, the pieces point every which way to the varying exits throughout Bloc’s space. Over the chandelier, a soundtrack of three whispering voices murmur messages about not trusting the architects, meant to disorient while also referencing Bloc’s past.

As if exploding out of the entrance to Bloc’s folly, This is Not a Lovesong is Faustino’s first piece, which combines sculpture and architecture. Framing the doors, the installation is made up of a brightly painted orangey-red floor and adjoining walls, one cut in the quirky style of comic book explosion. The shape of the temporary installation adds life to the once inhabited villa, suggesting movement and action in a building that was once a home and is now a stoic museum space. Made from bricks and mortar, the bright piece enlivens the lush green landscape of Bloc’s complex, while also echoing Bloc’s signature architectural style, tying present with past.

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