Hidden away from the crowds up on Level 4 of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is the wonderful Architecture Gallery full of drawings, models, photographs and architectural fragments from around the world. Here are a few of the fragments that especially appealed.
Things that weren’t
Continuing the Basil Spence theme is this model for a design from Alison and Peter Smithson entered into the 1951 competition to design the new Coventry Cathedral, which was won by Sir Basil. Our earlier post has more about Coventry Cathedral.
The installation is called Mirror, Mirror by Jason Burges which, according to the creator :
“explores the concept of narcissism and the individual’s relationship with space and others. The playful nature of the work encourages you to explore the interactivity and consider the interconnected relationships.
The white dot matrix digital panels seem to float on the pond, awakening as visitors come into view. Cameras mounted within the LED dot matrices capture activity in the garden and simultaneously reflect this back to the viewer; the animated images are then mirrored once again in the surface of the water, creating multiple reflections”
It is, like Shibboleth by Doris Salcedo, an installation that only works with the active involvement of the observer
— words by Paul
— pictures by Paul and Elizabeth