▼装置外观，overview ©Alan Tansey
Grotta Aeris by SOFTlab is a crystalline structure clad in copper-finished composite panels, such that it becomes an extension of the central elevator bank, which itself is clad in copper-backed glass panels. The form of the piece is inspired by the crystalline growth of natural elements. Copper, like many other natural elements, will grow in a very structured way, but as it responds to its immediate environment, the overall growth pattern takes on a more organic form. The rigid edges of the piece retain the rule-based logic of crystalline growth, while the overall form is much more organic, like the grotto-like form of an outcropping of growing copper.
▼“生长的”晶体结构，a growing crystalline structure ©Alan Tansey
The piece spans from the floor to ceiling and frames the main entrance to the elevators. Its size, form, and prominence in the space might ordinarily give it quite a heavy feel, but the work is made to feel lighter by backlighting it with a subtly changing animation. The lighting is exposed through the seams of the panels breaking down the crystal-like formation and inverting its solidity through what appears to be cracks. The subtle changes in the lighting give what appears to be an inert rocky structure a living quality, as if it is undergoing a slow chemical reaction. The polished copper along with the changing light constantly reflects and redirects the movement of people through the lobby in unexpected ways.
▼装置从地面延伸到天花板，the piece spans from the floor to ceiling ©Alan Tansey
▼微妙的灯光变化，the subtle changes in the lighting
▼铜质面板细部，the copper-finished composite panels ©Alan Tansey
Says Mike Szivos, founder and director of SOFTlab, “While the piece appears to grow out from the elevator core, it is the reflective surface of the copper panels that actually brings in the activity of the lobby and context, collapsing the surrounding activity into an unexpected three-dimensional kaleidoscopic image of the piece’s surroundings.”
▼万花筒般的立体景象，an unexpected three-dimensional kaleidoscopic image ©Alan Tansey