Swiss Embassy Art Exhibition
- In collaboration with Lorenzo Nassimbeni for the Swiss Ambassador to South Africa.
The installation takes place annually on Lawley Street in Pretoria at Christmastime, and is a substantial local cultural event in Pretoria. This is our attempt to dematerialise the boundary wall through light.
The conceptual intention was to derive imagery from a characteristically Swiss national icon.
We were drawn to the distinctive architectural lines and forms of the Swiss Alpine landscape. In Switzerland, these mountains are connected to the identity of many citizens. Their shapes and forms are easily recognisable and have become landmarks and identifiers in the landscape. They are iconic place markers for many towns and regions.
- The form of the image is constructed out of thin tubes of light, which draws on design principles found within contemporary Swiss architecture – Swiss precision, repetition, and rhythm.
The light panels are designed to create a series of mountains, like a range along the boundary wall of the site. From left to right, we have depicted and abstracted Eiger, Moench, Jungfrau, Piz Bernina, Monte San Salvatore, culminating in the unmistakable Matterhorn on the feature facade at the highest point.