Our installation for the London Design Festival at the V&A Museum is ready!
We have been commissioned by the London Design Festival to design an installation for the V&A Museum. With the great help of Polish Cultural Institute, we have started the process in June, we went through all of the stages of prototyping and we have just finished! It was built in a unique FiDU technology and made even more unique - it is the world’s first rolled steel profile!
The installation, called Blow and Roll is made of large-scale steel elemens of different lengths up to 20m and of different heights. The problem and the challenge was to bring it to the garden in one piece, like all the other pieces of the Museum’s exhibition. To achieve it, pieces were transported to London and brought to the garden flat and rolled, and then they were inflated with air to the final shape.
>The movie about how we did it can be watched here, thanks to the courtesy of Lima Charlie:
The aim for the installation is to take advantage of FiDU’s flexibility and to create objects that will interact with the dominating form of a pond (fountain) giving it the 3rd dimension. To strengthen the effect, glossy stainless steel was used – reflecting itself in the water, surroundings and the elements – one in another.
For Oskar Zieta, the new installation is a milestone in his research on the efficient production chain of steel constructions – but it also is a play with design. Zieta shows different pieces for each exhibition and they are each time fitted to different function - thanks to the flexibility of the FiDU process developed by him at the ETH in Zurich. The poetry and the uniqueness of his design forms is an effect of a “controlled loss of control” which means joining the parameters of the free deformation and the control of the parameters such as: thickness of steel sheet, the direction of rolling of the material, the geometry of the shapes of the elements and the overall proportions of the form.
Read full story here and the interview with Oskar Zieta here and watch how we mounted it here:
1. THE INSTALLATION WAS DELIVERED TO LONDON IN WOODEN BOXES
2. THE BOXES WERE DISMANTLED TO FREE THE ROLLS
3. THE ROLLS WERE ROLLED TO THE MUSEUM AND READY TO GO TO THE GARDEN
4. THE ROLLS WERE PUT IN LINE READY FOR THE FINAL STEP - THE INFLATION
5. FIRST ELEMENT IS BEING INFLATED AND UNROLLED
6. OTHER ELEMENTS WERE ADDED AND BOUND TOGETHER TO CREATE A FULLY STABLE FORM
7. WATER WAS PUT INTO THE POND TO GIVE EVEN MORE 3D TO THE OVERALL EFFECT
VISIT VICTORIA&ALBERT MUSEUM TO SEE WORLD'S FIRST ROLLED STEEL PROFILE:
LIMITED EDITION OF THE 1st KILOMETRE OF A ROLLED STEEL PROFILE AVAILABLE FOR SALE:
VISIT PHILLIPS DE PURY EXHIBITION SPACE AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY TO BUY OUR PRODUCTS:
In coopertation with Polish Cultural Institute, London.