The assignment was to create public art in three stairwells, all located in different parts of Ursvikenskolan, a school in the outskirts of Skellefteå.
I have worked with one concept but it resulted in three separate ideas, one for each stairwell. I have been inspired by the existing architecture and the time when the house was built. My vision was to dissolve the enclosed spaces and create illusions of space that doesn’t exist, spaces beyond the physical room. You can see this as a metaphor for thinking outside the box, as if when you use your creative flow and you believe in your imagination. All three installations were preformed in different materials and received different expressions and character.
The classic saga Narnia where the main characters walks through a painting and suddenly appears in another world, has also been a source of inspiration. I create spaces beyond the physical room on the boarder between fantasy and reality.
Through colored graphic fields in five different shades of gray I create the illusion of a corridor, as if the gray-black limestone floor continues into the wall. In the middle there is a door that creates mystery. Where does it lead, what’s behind?
Depending from which direction you approach the work, if you come walking down the stairs from the upper floor or going up the stairs to the next level, you will experience a distortion of the room, a shift in perspective. When you look at the work from a certain angle you will experience that the stairwell flooring continues into the fictive corridor.
An installation that consists of aeroplanes and circular mirror glass objects that hang in a formation from the ceiling. The aeroplane borrows its shape from the classic folded paper swallow. Normally they are made of paper but here they are immortalized in white lacquered metal and has been transformed into a light fixture that lightens up the space.
The circular objects in different sizes are placed in various levels close to the ceiling. Together they become abstract clouds. Viewing the installation from the bottom of the stairwells it adopts a graphic expression. When you walk up the stairs and you view it from another direction the experience of the installation is changing. The aeroplanes and the upper blue surfaces are reflected in the mirrors and a feeling that the space is continuing up through the ceiling is created.
With small additions, I create the experience of an external facade, but placed indoors. The green metal roof frames, reveals and strengthens the existing brick wall. The roof which is enlightened underneath creates shadows on the wall. The existing black handrail becomes a part of the art work.
At the bottom edge of the window, I’ve placed a window sill and on it a table lamp with the character of a growing plant. What is indoor and what is outdoor? The sunlight casts a shadow of another window on the brick wall which creates another dimension to the art work.