Cecil Balmond’s new sculpture makes UK debut in London
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.
As part of the ongoing Bishop’s Square public sculpture programme curated by Dickson Russell, H_Edge now appears in a fascinating, bespoke configuration in the reflecting pool opposite the Allen & Overy building in Spitalfields, London.
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
otherworldly place; its complexity creating a chiaroscuro effect against the surrounding darkness.
The installation is assembled using thousands of ‘x’-shaped aluminium plates which are held, one above the other, in tension by stainless steel chains. Blurring 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.
For Balmond, H_Edge is more than an art installation. “Conceived from a deep inner logic, 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,” he explains. Constructed by Balmond Studio’s in-house team of specialists, the sculpture generates a new dimension within the city; a non-space; for contemplation and reflection.
H_Edge is on display until 20 October at the Allen & Overy building in Spitalfields, London, England, balmondstudio.com
Images courtesy of Andrew Meredith
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