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Atelier YokYok Designs an Enchanting String Installation in Cahors

Atelier YokYok Designs an Enchanting String Installation in Cahors
Atelier YokYok Designs an Enchanting String Installation in Cahors, Installation in Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Installation in Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste

Atelier YokYok has created an immersive experience of string and light for their "Shooting Vaults” installation at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Cahors, France. Created in collaboration with Ulysse Lacoste and Laure Qaremy, the project will be on display through the month of June.

In the Center of the Volume. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste Installation in Cloister. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste Centroid of Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste Visitor within Installation. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste + 10

Volumetric Principle. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Volumetric Principle. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste

Set within the context of stone masonry originally erected in the 11th century, blue strings stretch across the courtyard to connect the arches together. Rounded arches are blended with pointed ones, to create a sense of transition from whichever way one walks through the installation.

Installation in Cloister. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Installation in Cloister. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Detail. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Detail. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste

Structurally supported by metal frames, the strings move uninterrupted towards the center of the courtyard where they converge and then weave around the metal supports. Much like the larger cloister, which is identified by its open walkway with a wall on one side and open space on the other, The Shooting Vaults create a secondary cloister within its center, opening up to a circular patch of vegetation.

Centroid of Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Centroid of Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Visitor within Installation. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Visitor within Installation. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste

The Shooting Vaults is one of 25 landscape-themed installations on display through June in Cahors, France, as part of the 2015 Cahors June Festival. The festival began in 2006, and has become an innovative and creative event of international attention.

Entrance to the Landscape. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Entrance to the Landscape. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Cite: Joey Jacobson. "Atelier YokYok Designs an Enchanting String Installation in Cahors" 20 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/642852/atelier-yokyok-designs-an-enchanting-string-installation-in-cahors/> ISSN 0719-8884
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