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BAGODA!

BAGODA! 

Client: SWIRE PROPERTIES

Architect: ARQUITECTONICA (HK)

Location: TAIKOO HUI, GWANGZHOU, CHINA

Year: 2011

Material: White Chinese Granite

Dimensions: 10 M X 3,35 M X 1,50 M

 

Sculpted in 7 separate pieces of white Chinese granite, at 10 meters high and weighing 64 tons, this piece brings a reflection about the relationship in between the content and the container, and about if what we are carrying define ourself. Its name is a play on words.

A Pagoda is traditionally a 7 tiered tower or building erected in a favorable position to bring good omen, often built to secure geomantic influences for the good of the surrounding district, to improve the Feng Shui of a locality.
A Bag is a non-rigid container.
And an Ode is an elaborately structured poem praising or glorifying and event or individual, describing nature intellectually rather than emotionally.

From that, I wanted to sculpt this piece with a perpetual optical game between recognising for first the bags or the architectonic pagoda which should give at the end, the sculpture proper, a new transcendent object; the BAGODA, with its own essence and identity.

The handles, for example, become doors or windows. Separate from the block, they give a perception of fragility and thickness which give a total vibrating contrast at the entire massive project.

 

The material of this sculpture bring an additional paradox, with the use of one of the most rigid of materials, to represent one of the softest.

BAGODA is therefore this tower of bags, stronger than the precious which it contain, and commemorate this usual act of devotion for shopping... 

What is in your bag?