Russian architects Sergei Tchoban (SPEECH architectural office), Sergey Kuznetsov, and Agniya Sterligova are featuring the "Living Line" sculpture at this year's Milan Design Week. Created for a central part of the University of Milan's main courtyard, which occupies the Ca 'Granda complex of 15th century Renaissance buildings, the mirrored plexiglass "Mobius strip" aims to reflect the exhibition's theme "Energy for Life."
"Due to the different angles of rotation of these elements in relation to the sides of the courtyard, and their constantly changing height (from 3.5 to 6 meters), Living Line is perceived as a mirage, as an optical illusion. It appears as if its surface and line converging with the pylons in their highest point are constantly moving and creating new reflections of the University’s famous Renaissance facades," says the architects.
"The installation’s changing ephemerality contrasts with the symmetrical courtyard facades surrounding it on all axes, and in the evening at the highest point of each of the pylons a light illuminates, drawing a glowing line that hovers in the air. Vibrating and almost completely dissolved within the context, the Living Line installation leaves visitors with a wide space for self-reflection and interpretation of meanings."
The Living Line project was executed by the company VELKO.