French architecture firm h2o architectes just sent us a new project entitled Grass Mirror. To paraphrase, this piece aims to encourage the act of contemplation (rather than, or in addition to reflection) while acknowledging the fragmented boundaries between nature and culture. We're not sure if this really comes through, but it's quite a nice piece of indoor greenery regardless.
Antique philosophers often turned to nature for contemplation. Nature was used as a mirror. The Grass Mirror project revisits, in a way, this idea of contemplation. But to convey a contemporary image requires further complexity. Nature overflows, it is multiplied by the different reflections. One's own image is fragmented. Frontiers between nature and culture are blurred. It is the twist (geometric deformation) of the rectangle which reveals this nature. The plants sit in the hollow of the deformation. This basic figure can be repeated indefinitely, from object to surface and surface to object. The whole is a little more than a multiple of its parts...
This doesn't seem to be online anywhere yet, but stay tuned at h2o architectes.
A few more shots after the jump.