The power of mirrors: a 'Wunderkammer' that gives us multiple visions and allows us to see the city differently

by Valentina Ieva
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The architect/artist based in Paris Mattia Paco Rizzi and Jessica Bergstein designed a giant phantom origami kaleidoscope for the Kanal Playground Festival, which took place from September 17th to 21th 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

The installation, called The Taumascopio, was placed along the Molenbeek's canal and will be present in the major squares of the Brussels Capital Region during 2015. 

"The structure is completely covered with mirrors. Outside offers complete visual camouflage. Inside, the installation's shape creates a kaleidoscopic effect. The mirror surface reacts to the heat and bring new reflection of light. During the temperature's evolution of the day, the surface structure changes, creating ever-changing reflection geometry effect" said Mattia.

"The Taumascopio invites us to reflect in poetic vein on public space - he continues to say - Like a box of delights that gives us multiple visions and allows us to see the city differently. Equipped with a viewfinder and covered with mirrors, the device acts like a kaleidoscope, creating visual diversity in city, its architecture and its users. The mosaic of reflections sends our thoughts in new directions and invite us to create new ideas".

Mattia Paco Rizzi took part and exhibited in various international shows with EXYZT and STUDIO PUBLIC collectives, such as Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Istanbul Design Biennale, ParkDesign Bruxelles, Witte de Whit Rotterdam, Evento Bordeaux, Fierce Festival Birmingham.

For the last several years, MPR has been an active member of Collective EXYZT, a major actor on the international art-architectural (Biennale di Architettura di Venezia, London Festival of Architecture, Storefront for Architecture NewYork, Biennale de Design de St.Etienne).

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    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)