Ignatov Architects made a striking art project engaging community and visitors in Varna, Bulgaria. Together with 128 volunteers they gathered 6000 used CD’s and mounted them onto a custom knitted fishing net at the entrance of the locally popular Seaside Garden. The work called ‘Mirror Culture’ was seen by over 50 000 visitors in the course of the summer and quickly became Varna’s new attraction. Inspired by the play of light on water its flexible lightweight reflective surface moves with the slightest breeze and enlivens its surroundings with color and motion. The eye-catching object drew public support to the candidacy of Varna to become European Capital of Culture in 2019. Its popularity played a major role in Varna successfully passing the pre-selection phase recently.
“It was an incredibly exciting project for us - says Borislav Ignatov, principal at Bignatov Studio and author of the concept. It was something completely different from our architectural work and we learned a lot from its development. It was great to see the enthusiastic support from the community surpassing our bravest expectations and turning our ideas in reality quickly. Weaving a mass industrial product on a traditional fisherman net was fun and refreshing. The resulting ‘Mirror Culture’ combined its physical presence with the virtual information on the CD’s into a true reflection of our current time.”