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SpY’s chrome steel 'ORB' reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology

‘ORB’: a fragmented recollection of ancient egypt

 

Set against the historic backdrop of the Great Pyramids of Giza, urban designer SpY conceives a large, chrome steel and glass orb, capturing the encompassing vistas and sky in dazzling fragmented reflections. The new installation titled ‘ORB: Under the same Sun’ fuses heritage with contemporary art, drawing on ancient Egyptian culture with its spherical form and specular surface. Echoing elements of classic Egyptian mathematics, symbolism, and notions of creation and rebirth, the artwork explores the distant past to the present, to imagine the future of humanity as part of Art D’Égypte’s group exhibition ‘Forever Is Now II’.

SpY’s chrome steel 'ORB' reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
an open air exhibition at the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt | all images by Ruben PBescos

 

 

SpY merges ancient heritage with contemporary art

 

Madrid-based designer SpY creates ‘ORB’ as a four-meter-diameter ball made of chrome steel with reinforced safety glass mirrors. Encapsulating Ancient Egyptian culture, the installation’s rounded shape alludes to the number ‘pi’, concealed in the geometry of the Pyramids, and found when dividing the perimeter of the shape by twice its height. The sphere is further an invisible component of the resulting geometry, with a radius and circumference matching that of a pyramid of a similar size. Moreover, the reflective surface of ‘ORB’ echoes the Pyramids, the sky, and the historic surroundings, recalling the role of the circular mirror in historical Egyptian symbolism where it was linked to the sun and conveyed concepts of rebirth.

SpY’s chrome steel 'ORB' reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
SpY designs ‘ORB’ for Art D’Égypte’s ‘Forever is Now II’ exhibition

 

 

Art D’Égypte transforms Giza Pyramids into open-air exhibition

 

Proposing a universal cultural heritage confronted with contemporary artistic practices, ‘Forever is Now II’ transforms the monumental UNESCO World Heritage Site into an open-air exhibition space from October 27 to November 29, 2022. Organized by Culturvator/ Art D’Égypte in collaboration with UNESCO and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the event brings together a dozen contemporary art installations by international artists to the landscape of the Giza Pyramids. Here, SpY’s ‘ORB’ sits alongside works by Emilio FerroJReL Seed, Jwan Yosef, and more.

SpY’s chrome steel 'ORB' reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
a large chrome steel ball at the foot of the Pyramids of Giza

SpY’s chrome steel 'ORB' reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
mirrors capture the Pyramids, the sky, and the historic surroundings

SpY’s chrome steel 'ORB' reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
the reflective surface recalls the role of the circular mirror in historical Egyptian symbolism

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SpY’s chrome steel 'ORB' reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
at night, SpY’s ‘ORB’ exudes a warm glow from within

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SpY’s chrome steel ‘ORB’ reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
 
SpY’s chrome steel ‘ORB’ reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
 
SpY’s chrome steel ‘ORB’ reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
 
SpY’s chrome steel ‘ORB’ reflects giza pyramids and ancient egyptian symbology
 

project info:

 

name: ORB: Under the same Sun
location: Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
designer: SpY

exhibition: Forever Is Now II

director: Nadine Abdel Ghaffar

organizations: Culturvator/ Art D’ÉgypteUNESCOEgyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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