In the vast entryway of the 17th-century Palazzo Baldoca-Muccioli at 167 Via Giulia, a striking new reflective installation makes an impression on guests and visitors. The large, mirrored wall surface, 4.5 meters wide by 4 meters high, is broken down into several sections, all of which move under their own power. The structure catalyzes the many angles and perspectives of the space in an interplay of constant reflections, re-situating unexpected fragments of the scene in a kaleidoscopic, shimmering image. The gold leaf-covered backdrop and back lighting bring out the fractures of the mirror, which is conceived as a semi-dynamic object.
“We worked with a tailor’s approach, starting from the specifics of the setting to create a piece that could bring out the unique character of a space with such a strong identity. In the large 60-square-meter hall, empty space prevails over solidity. The hand-decorated walls depict a forest of Roman pine trees painted white on a silver leaf base, like a kind of virtual winter garden. We wanted to avoid overabundance and excess. That led to the idea of an installation that is neither authoritarian nor imposing, but rather a modern piece that can find a harmonious balance with its historic surroundings. It was designed and built to create a dialogue with the interior and to orient the gaze in space, rather than capture it,” says Fabio Mazzeo, art director of Fabio Mazzeo Architects.
Photo © Bianca Puleo