elena MANFERDINI : the installation explores the intricacies of lace at a scale far beyond the intimate size commonly associated with it. made by the knotting and intertwining of multiple threads, the dynamic dance of lace making is brought to the scale of the sci-arc gallery. the antique venetian merletti, the Italian term for lace, are the crenelations that create a complex interface at the top of defensive buildings. the project, which weaves itself along centenary supporting wires hung from above, engages the viewer at an intimate scale as the installation billows up through the space. walking in the gallery, the viewer can appreciate the detail of each element that constitutes the overall form.
but the work best reveals itself—a surface that alternates between the two- and the three-dimensional—from the view from the catwalk above the gallery, where the viewer is able to appreciate the entire interwoven, lace-like structure. merletti is constructed by a team of sci-arc students who contributed to the design process, cost analysis, structural behavior, modeling, fabrication and erection. students are exposed to a broad range of experiences in this workshop leading to a better understanding of potential relationship of design and fabrication logics.
Photos by Ben Cope & Jeff Morrical