Vela American Academy in Rome

  • Location:
    American Academy in Rome, Italy
  • Date:
    2006
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Vela was installed over the path through the Bass Garden of the American Academy for the Open Studio exhibition of May 2006. It represents a prototype for the later installation on Vicolo de' Catinari. This initial version consists of a series of three groups of sails, suspended over the walkway using long bamboo stems and string. The sails themselves are made out of a translucent plastic textile, nylon and metal. Exposed to the openair, sun and wind, the sails perform a beautiful dance and sing, at the same time casting dynamic shadows that register the air´s movement on the ground. A simple walk became a procession that allowed the user to become aware of the length of his step over the cast triangles and the intervals of time between stripes of shade and light.