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Tatiana Blass' "Penelope" Crosses Chapel Walls with Enigmatic Red Wool

Tatiana Blass' "Penelope" Crosses Chapel Walls with Enigmatic Red Wool
Tatiana Blass' "Penelope" Crosses Chapel Walls with Enigmatic Red Wool, © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal

Made from a combination of tangled and woven red wool, Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass’ installation, “Penelope,” flows inside and out of the Chapel of Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil

The installation was inspired by the Greek myth of Penelope, who was Odysseus’ wife in Homer’s Odyssey. In the story, Penelope weaves and destroys a burial shroud for her husband, in a tribute to the power of love and to weaving. 

© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal + 7

At the altar of the church, a large pedal-loom is attached to a 45-foot red carpet that extends to the courtyard, representing power and nobility. From the other side of the loom, a matrix of tangled red wool burgeons outwards, and through the walls of the building, covering the gardens outside.

© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal

Like with the myth of Penelope, it is unclear whether the carpet is being constructed or unraveled in the building, creating a merging “of the religious with the architectural and the enigmatic.”

© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal

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Cite: Sabrina Santos. "Tatiana Blass' "Penelope" Crosses Chapel Walls with Enigmatic Red Wool" 27 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/798050/tatiana-blass-penelope-crosses-chapel-walls-with-enigmatic-red-wool/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal

巴西艺术家Tatiana Blass 设计的 "Penelope" 艺术编织作品