A complex yarn entanglement was mounted on the ruins of the Koutoubia mosque in Marrakech as part of Higher Atlas, a major exhibition held for city’s Biennale earlier this month.

Dubbed Loom-Hyperbolic, the installation was designed by Berlin-based Barkow Leibinger Architects; who wanted the project to reflect local familiar aspects. 

The installation was created using local crafts and materials. Traditional Moroccan loom weaving was the main source of inspiration, particularly the linear pattern formed by parallel cotton yarn lines that are a base to make fabrics in the loom. Normally appearing flat, in Loom-Hyperbolic the yarn constructs a tri-dimensional volume of hyperbolic surfaces, supported by pine wood bars fixed to the ground.

Placed on ruins of an old mosque and surrounded by a grid of destructed columns, the location defined the project’s scale. The site-specific installation is meant to be permeable, as visitors are invited to walk through it at any time of day.

Its interaction with its surroundings is primal. Loom-Hyperbolic’s mutating shadows are projected onto the ruins throughout the day, adding an enticing dialogue between the two elements.

Loom-Hyperbolic can be visited until 3 June, 2012 in Marrakech.

Photos courtesy Johannes Foerster.

Koutoubia Mosque
Avenue Mohammed V
Morocco, Marrakech