Maison Louis Carré by architect Alvar Aalto, Bazoches, France
2019, Site specific light installation
Light flows move, propagate, linger, disappear and reappear; they fluctuate, but they are always present. They reach out to other re-created wavelengths. The point at which they intersect is the light horizontal line of the roof. As if seeking harmony, wavelengths interact on this building, the only one of its kind in France, designed by Alvar Aalto for the gallerist and collector Louis Carré.
Absorbing the square or angular flat walls, the light sets the building ablaze. The fluidity of the light makes it appear transparent. As if elastic, the light adopts new chromatic values and spreads out in different shades. Producing a hypnotic phenomenon, a “landscape” of changing blurred light is revealed by coloured bands of equal value, which fade and reappear.
The specific, ever-changing atmosphere of the installation creates an environment that is able to modify our thought processes, interrogating our own environment. This is also a tribute to the architect Alvar Aalto, his quest for organic functionalism, and his interest in light and trees.
Commission from the Alvar Aalto Association in France to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Maison Louis Carré.
RGB LED spotlights, specially designed pre-recorded programme