September 14, 2016

Dutch studio PolyLester designed some colorful and playful curtains displaced around Utrecht, to form small oasis and an energy fields in the traffic buzz of the city. The transparent shutters shelters frame a moment in space and time with an aura of light. Situated on top of the Jaarsbeurstrappen at the Utrecht Central Station, Aura welcomes those who pass by, as a tripod sculpture that supports cylindrical stages defined by colorful, see-through curtains.

From the inside looking out, the world becomes tainted in an array of complementing colors. Each of the three spaces proposes a site where a grand theatrical spot highlights an urban stage and terrace. “Here everyone is invited to become an actor and spectator of the public space, or to just take a pause and enjoy the play of movement and light while eating a sandwich or enjoying the view”, explain the designers. Aura Utrecht is commissioned by Public Works, an initiative of the Foundation Kunst in het Stationsgebied, in collaboration with the city of Utrecht.

PolyLester – established by Gabriel Lester and Martine Vledder in 2013 – is a studio focusing on art, public sculptures, architectural interventions, landscape, interior design, stage design and so on.

Design: PolyLester
Client: Public Works Utrecht, The Netherlands
Year: 2016
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