Balmond Studio
Florence, Italy
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Masao Nishikawa


Balmond Studio as Architects

Blurring the boundaries of art and structure, H_Edge is assembled using thousands of ‘x’-shaped aluminium plates which are held, one above the other, in tension with stainless steel chains that act as columns. What appears to hang from overhead, on closer inspection, rises from the floor in a seemingly impossible balance of forces. The plates, aligned in perplexing suspension, form an ephemeral, metallic maze that visitors are free to walk around, within and through.

Creating an endless reverberation of light and colour, H_Edge echoes its surroundings in glinting plates, sparkling chains and, for this specific appearance, a shimmering pool. More than a traditional public art installation, H_Edge functions as a spatial ‘sieve’, providing a rare space within the city to create and contemplate a new awareness of one’s environment.

H_Edgehas been exhibited to critical acclaim at Artists Space, New York, Graham Foundation of Fine Art, Chicago, Carnegie Museum of Fine Art, Pittsburgh, USA, Toyko Opera City Art Gallery, Japan, Spazio e LuceTargetti + Louis Poulsen Showroom, Milan; and, most recently, at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence, Italy.

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