michela vianello and karim rashid: fluxus   a fabric of glass
dec 02, 2009
michela vianello and karim rashid: fluxus a fabric of glass

fluxus – the wavering glass light sculpture

the fluxus, is a result of a collaboration between artist michela vianello and designer karim rashid.
a wavering, suspended murano glass sculpture, vianello developed the overall shape
and concept of the piece, while rashid designed the individual glass element, the knit, in which
the sculpture is constructed.

fluxus is a fabric made from 80 000 hand-made knit glass elements which cover recurring overtones
of white to black passing through three nuances of grey to transmit constant visual vibrations.
the color moves continuously within its optical space between the sculpture and the observer,
capturing an ever-changing three-dimensional effect. it is constructed from mirrored laser cut
metal tracks in which the knit elements are anchored, attached individually by means of a
technical device created for andromeda. the overall installation covers a surface area of
60 square meters – about 6000 kg of glass steel and technology and it is lit by 5 000 punctiform
halogen lamps distributed across the internal surface of the wave.

fluxus has been created for lifestyle store, white gallery and is set to open in rome today
and is a concept developed by andromeda international.

the starting point for the sculpture is a structure I conceived from the beginning as a balance
of forces united to form a movement I would describe as fluctuating, soft and enveloping,
flowing between well defined points and lines to create a texture which traces out paths of signs
and colours to achieve complete visual equilibrium.
‘ – MV

alternate view

knit for andromeda is a system I designed of hand-made murano glass loops that can be
woven together from a few to thousands to create endless configurations of delicate ornate glass
chandeliers and lighting. our living spaces and objects should ideally be organic, transformable,
flexible and allow objects and furniture to breathe – to shape the personality of the space,
and knit is the fabric of light itself, to forever keep space dynamic, luxurious, and inspiring.
‘ – KR

detail of construction and how the individual knit components are attached

detail of the knit

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