Following the huge popularity of its appearance at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, the dynamic sculpture H_Edge is being exhibited in the UK for the first time.
Cecil Balmond, the critically acclaimed British architect and designer has been making his way into the world of Art. What he sees as an extension of the work he has already been involved in, his latest offering allows design-art lovers to experience the brilliance of the award-winning designer intimately, with H_Edge making its UK debut in a fascinating, bespoke configuration in the reflecting pool opposite the Allen & Overy building in Spitalfields, London. The collaboration comes as part of the ongoing Bishop’s Square public sculpture programme curated by Dickson Russell.
The work offers a unique view of Cecil Balmond’s world of diverse shapes and forms. By day H_Edge echoes its environment in an expansive reverberation of light and colour. By night, illumination transforms the same location into an ethereal space; its complexity creating a chiaroscuro effect against the surrounding darkness.
“H_Edge embodies concepts of nothing and everything; infinity and zero, creating a powerful experience that resonates with our primal affinity with space and form.“
For the designer, H_Edge is more than an art installation as he explores a new dimension within the city; a non-space; for contemplation and reflection. Using thousands of ‘x’-shaped aluminium plates which are held, one above the other, in tension by stainless steel chains, the designer effectively blurs the boundaries between art and structure, layers of silver planes form an ethereal, metallic, installation that visitors are free to walk around, within and through.