Pedro Reyes: Capulas

18 Jul
Capsules, Capulas, Swings, cocoon-like structures by Pedro Reyes, contemporary Mexican artistCapsules, Capulas, Swings, cocoon-like structures by Pedro Reyes, contemporary Mexican artistCapsules, Capulas, Swings, cocoon-like structures by Pedro Reyes, contemporary Mexican artistClick to enlarge

Contemporary Mexican artist Pedro Reyes tends to combine the fantastical with the functional in his art. Trained as an architect, many of his projects convey an underlying interest in structural design. His Capulas are such works. These cocoon-like capsules are woven using traditional Mexican techniques at an architectural scale. People are invited to interact with these structures by sitting inside or walking through them. Some of the Capulas hang from above, while others are elevated from below.

Reyes appears to have a kind of manifesto as part of his Capula projects, which reads as follows:

If a Room has rigid walls/ the Capula shall be elastic
If a Room divides the inside from the outside/the Capula shall be permeable
If a Room is grounded/the Capula shall hover
If a Room is steady/ the Capula shall rock or swing
If a Room has walls that block the light/ the Capula shall radiate the light
If a Room creates a fixed field of vision/the Capula shall be kinetic
If a Room needs furniture/the Capula will turn itself into furniture
If a Room hides from the view/the Capula allows a glimpse
If a Room is an ensemble of parts/ the Capula shall be a continuum
In fact,
a sense
of essence
is,
in essence,
the essence
of sense,
in effect.
Cupola
Cupule
Capsule        +
Couple
Copulate
Capillary
_________
CAPULA
Photos courtesy of the artist; Celebrate Big; and flickr

via molaa

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