Dutch studio PolyLester recently designed some colourful and playful PVC curtains placed around Utrecht, to form small oases and energy fields in the traffic buzz of the city.
The transparent-shutter 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 colourful, see-through curtains.
Each of the three spaces proposes a site where a grand theatrical spot highlights an urban stage and terrace. From the inside looking out, the world becomes tainted in an array of complementing colours. Looking from the outside in, the stages appear lit by a magical limelight, signalling the transition between the central train station and the West side of the city. Here everyone is invited to become an actor and spectator of the public space, or to just pause and enjoy the play of movement and light while eating a sandwich or enjoying the view. The artwork contains 16 tonnes of steel and 1.5 km PVC strips. The three volumes collectively contain the volume of nearly two Olympic-sized swimming pools and they range from seven to 10 metres at the highest point.
Aura Utrecht is commissioned by Public Works, an initiative of the Foundation Kunst inhet Stationsgebied, in collaboration with the city of Utrecht.PolyLester is aDucth design studio established by Gabriel Lester and Martine Vledder in 2013 – focused on art, public sculptures, architectural interventions, landscape and interior design.