Intrigued by the mysterious and mathematical qualities of nature and technology, Studio Drift artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta have created a 12 meter long kinetic spatial sculpture that uses refined robotics to recreate the complex movements and structures of a bird in flight.
The video shows the mesmerizing and meditative movement of In 20 Steps; 40 delicate glasstubes in pairs float fluidly in space, representing all the different steps of flying in an abstract way. At the same time, the spatial sculpture captures a wing-stroke in a single moment. The film subsequently reveals the tranquillity yet determination of this elegant movement. The way the moving glass breaks the natural light in space and reflects it in moving rays, mimics a subtle and engaging dance. Add the designers, “In 20 Steps is a tribute to the human desire to fly, despite the force of gravity, and the poetry of persistence in the face of adversity. Humankind has always had the desire to fully understand nature and to detach itself from earthly ties.”
In 20 Steps is currently on display until November 22, 2015 at the island of Murano in Venice as part of Glasstress 2015 Gotika: a joint exhibition project of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and Berengo Studio in Venice.