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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Intangibility of Time wins Jury Award at Festival of Lively Architecture!

Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: Courtesy V2com


“Ephimeral Installation” at tenth spring FAV
© Paul KOZLOWSKI 

Jury Winners of the tenth edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives at Montpellier, France, architects Mickaël Martin, Margaux Rodot, Benoît Tastet narrated a balloon story to vivify the transient essence of time…

Seduced by O-Hanami, a Japanese traditional custom of admiring the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms, the installation at the Griffy town-house courtyard – this year’s venue for FAV, allowed the spectators to plunge into a suspended moment.

“Ephimeral Installation” at tenth spring FAV
© Paul KOZLOWSKI 

This timelessness evokes the imagery of petals gently detaching themselves one by one. Staging the springtime cherry blossoms invited passers-by to reflect on the intangibility of passing time, on the delicate balance between life and death, focusing on perpetual renewal.

“Ephimeral Installation” at tenth spring FAV
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Throughout the day, viewers were exposed to the varying perceptions of the installation, as witnessed through the ever-changing reflections of the 'petals' on the surrounding historic windows. The foliage brightened towards the end of the day as the petals fell, renewing the experience.

“Ephimeral Installation” at tenth spring FAV
© Paul KOZLOWSKI 
“Ephimeral Installation” at tenth spring FAV
© Paul KOZLOWSKI 

Staging this springtime scene involved layering discrete nets towards the sky, 10 meters high above the courtyard. Each day, 650 helium balloons were released to compose the ephemeral foliage. Variations in the volume of helium used to inflate enabled the balloons to descend throughout the entire day, reflecting the falling petals of the cherry tree. In order to renew the process across the 6 days of the festival, approximately 4000 balloons and 7m3 of helium were consumed.

“Ephimeral Installation” at tenth spring FAV
© Paul KOZLOWSKI 

The act of balloons falling to the ground - a sign that spring is advancing, brought joy to children and adults, alike, who excitedly captured the essence of the Hanami.

Hanami at Yoyogi Park 2013
Hanami at Yoyogi Park 2013                                                                                                      © Flickr_Dick Thomas Johnson

An absolute treat to the senses – the installation was simply and aptly titled “Ephimeral Installation”.

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