Atelier Manferdini


Inverted Crystal Cathedral, Atelier Manferdini, 2011. Photo: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Inverted Crystal Cathedral, Atelier Manferdini, 2011. Photo: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Atelier Manferdini* - USA/Italy

The artist reveals...

...the ideas behind the work

“Inverted Crystal Cathedral explores the structural behaviour of networks hung in space. The weight of the crystals pulled by the force of gravity determines the path and distribution of each cable. 1,000 strands constitute the vaulted surface of the Inverted Crystal Cathedral. Walking in the gallery, the viewer can appreciate the detail of each crystal and how they constitute the overall form”.

Atelier Manferdini is an architectural practice headed by Elena Manferdini. Manferdini has been an invited curator at the Beijing Architecture Biennale in 2010, 2008 and 2006. Her designs include the Fabric Tower, Guiyang, China (2008). Exhibitions include Skin and Bones at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Somerset House, London (2007, 2008).

 

* Design Architects
Elena Manferdini, Donovan Ballantyne, Eugene Kosgoron, Thomas Cheng, Amanda Webber, Cristina Toth
Structural Engineers
Steve Trevor Lewis, Fabio Zangoli

Bottom layers (600 crystal strands) donated by Swarovski

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