Edoardo Tresoldi has suspended phantom ruins above the hallowed halls of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris.
The Italian artist – who creates spectral architecture in unexpected spaces – has hung two Neoclassical domes from the department store’s Gustave Eiffel-designed glass ceilings for his latest site-specific work, titled Aura.
Both ephemeral structures are eight metres in length and almost identical in shape but the two have been constructed from different materials. One is wire mesh – Edoardo Tresoldi’s usual medium – while the other is built from corrugated metal sheeting for the first time ever.
‘They embody two different sides of architectural history,’ says the artist. ‘Like relics on display in an 18th-century natural history museum. By observing them, visitors trace back the historicity of architecture through its components.’
Aura will be on display at Le Bon Marché until 22 October. Its follows previous site-specific commissions by artists including Ai Weiwei, Chiharu Shiota and architect Tadao Ando.
Times have been busy for Tresoldi (one of 12 artists we suggest you follow on Instagram) who filled a courtyard in Abu Dhabi with wire-mesh arches in May and built a phantom basilica in Italy’s Puglia in 2016.
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