erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast

erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast

the temple of time captures the rhythms of the day

 

Step into the Temple of Time, a contemporary art installation designed to evoke reflection and introspection along the coastal landscape of Cottesloe. Conceived by Western Australian Architect Erica Zaino, the structure, crafted from translucent polycarbonate panels, captures the ever-changing essence of time and light. Its open design and absence of a traditional ceiling allows for unobstructed views of the sky, fostering a sense of connection to the natural world and the rhythms of the day.

 

During the day, the panels filter sunlight, casting a soft, diffused glow and a dance of shadows throughout the space that evolve with the passage of time. As evening falls, the installation undergoes a dramatic transformation, illuminated from within by solar lights that cast an ethereal glow over the surrounding landscape. The once-translucent panels now take on a radiant quality, emitting a gentle luminescence that invites visitors to linger and explore.

erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast
image © Richard Watson

 

 

erica zaino for the 20th sculpture by the sea

 

The installation’s concept emerged as a tribute to the 20th Anniversary of Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, a celebration of two decades in the natural beauty along the coastal landscape. Architect Erica Zaino envisions The Temple of Time as a space to reflect on the passage of time, inviting visitors to contemplate the memories forged along the coastline over the years.

 

The Temple of Time celebrates Sculpture by the Sea’s collective cultural journey, highlighting the ways in which art has enriched lives, sparked conversations, and fostered a deeper connection with the environment. Just as the tides flow, the installation captures the ephemeral nature of art and life. While the physical structure is temporary, the impact and memories it creates are eternal. This duality reminds viewers that while moments may pass, their essence endures.

erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast
image © Richard Watson

 

 

When it comes to installing a polycarbonate structure at Cottesloe Beach – a site famous for its natural beauty and fierce coastal winds – artists and engineers face a unique set of challenges. The goal here is to maintain the aesthetic vision while ensuring the structure’s durability and stability without relying on traditional structural systems. ‘Finding the right balance between flexibility and rigidity is critical. Too much flexibility can lead to excessive movement and instability in high winds, while too much rigidity can make the structure brittle and susceptible to cracking,’ notes Erica Zaino.

erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast
image © Richard Watson

erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast
image © Richard Watson

erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast
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erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast
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erica zaino's temple of time invites journey through light and reflection along australian coast
image © Andy Tay

 

 

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project info:

 

name: The Temple of Time
designer: Erica Zaino

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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