Studio Drift engaged me as a project manager to guide the further research, development and realisation of their concept for In 20 Steps, for the Art Biennale 2015 in Venice. With the artists sketches and the conceptual outlines as a starting point, I have been working toghether with Lonneke, Ralph and their team, supported by a mechanical engineer, electronics expert and a programmer to bring about the final installation within a challenging period of 6 weeks.
Somewhere between the late medieval age and the Enlightenment, art stopped being used as a means of teaching in everyday life. It started acting as a spiritual guide, helping us reach for a higher plane, the divine. The focus in art and architecture moved vertically upwards, reaching for the sky and aiming at the hereafter in heaven.
In 20 Steps is a spatial, kinetic installation, constructed of 40 delicate glass wings that represent all the different steps of flying in an abstract way. At the same time, the piece captures flight in a single moment. The glass emphasizes the fragility of the movement and of nature itself. Simultaneously, the moving glass breaks the natural light in the space and reflects it in moving rays.