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Anish Kapoor : Monumenta 2011 Leviathan

Interview with Françoise Fournier, Serge Ferrari’s Architecture market manager.

The Grand Palais nave’s immense volume, flooded with light, accommodates Anish Kapoor’s latest work under the auspices of Monumenta 2011. A sculpture based on textile architecture since the artist has imagined a 72,000 m3 monochrome inflatable structure made of Serge Ferrari textile.
The artist has created an excessively large work, 72 m long, 33 m wide and 32 m high, made up of three interconnected spherical structures.

Unique Organic Red with Totally New Visual Characteristics
The colour is of prime importance, of even great importance than the geometry. 
For “Leviathan”, Serge Ferrari teams were mobilised to take up the real chromatic challenge created by the artist: producing a high density organic red, while maintaining the translucent qualities of Précontraint® textile. A seemingly paradoxical requirement that the Serge Ferrari teams met through their experience and measurement tools developed for textile architecture. 
“Outside, the work appears to be a red wall that is impossible to embrace with a single look”, explains Jean de Loisy, Monumenta 2011 exhibition commissioner. 
nside, the Serge Ferrari textile plays with light supplied by the nave’s glass roof. The red membrane evokes “blood pulsations, colours that develop and recede like coloured breathing”, adds Jean de Loisy.

Technological Mastery in the service of Creative Expression
“The main difficulty involved installing and inflating the structure”, recalls Jean de Loisy. “Imagine nearly 12,000 m2 of 850 g/m² density membrane to be welded and inflated, prohibiting the slightest hitch, hole or tear”. Serge Ferrari Précontraint textile once again demonstrates its strength, reliability and technical performance in the boldest contemporary textile architecture structures.

Monumenta 2011/Leviathan
Engineering and Making Up TENSYS / HIGHTEX
© Photos Monumenta 2011 – A.Kapoor

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