Art is a best form of criticism due to its ability to infallibly translate a message. Skin is an inhabitable sculpture that speculates on an alternative architectural approach. One that prioritizes the human body over all other design parameters. From within the sculpture also imitates the aesthetic of human flesh. It creates a feeling of immersion with the inhabitant losing all sense of where their body ends and architecture begins. It is intended that this approach will create a strong physical and emotional connection between the inhabitant and the architectural space. Sense of being physically and emotionally present is important in a world where technologies continue to erode our sense of personal space. NEON is an award winning design practice directed by architect Mark Nixon. It seeks to explore new territories between architecture, design and art.
“Skin” is design that criticizes modernist architecture. As the regeneration of our cities becomes ever more “developer led”, architecture has become increasingly “efficient” in order to maximize the financial returns on investment. The human experience has become severely neglected in the design conversation.
Skin is constructed using 1800 pairs of natural skin coloured tights. They are arranged at the waist in a grid to form 6 identical sides. Also, there is a “slit” opening at one corner of the form to allow the visitor to enter the elasticated space.
We are currently engaged in a number of exciting public art projects. These will see our work take on a larger, permenant and more ambitious scale than previously. Therefore we hope that the creativity and innovation of our studio will continue into this exciting new phase.
Where to see “Skin”, the Inhabitable Sculpture?
If you are eager to experience this sculpture you are not too late! “Skin” in now part of an exhibition entitled 5 Islands at the Archipelago Centre in Korpoström, Finland. The exhibition will run between 15.10.2016 – 17.4.2017. It features 5 different artists responding to the unique context of the Finnish Archipelagos. This is NEON’s second project in Finland following on from 2015’s Shiver House which explored the relationship between man, nature and architecture. In addition, I would really love you to share your thoughts on this project in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of NEON.