Caten . by David Letellier

Surrounding historic architecture both contrasts and enhances the installation.

For his newest installation, French artist David Letellier combined 300 fine wires, two ropes and a rotating arm, then let gravity do the rest.

The project’s setting encourages its evanescence - it’s located inside the Saint Sauveur Chapel in Caen, France. As the installation slowly rotates, the wires’ curves reflect the shapes of the surrounding arches. While turning, engines emit one of the first four notes of a musical scale, playing a sequence of intervals. Together, the sounds remind of classic church hymns from the 11th century.

The result creates a tension between the lightness of the wires and the weighty mass of the historic space, plus the movement of the installation versus the static surroundings. Meanwhile, the play of the wires' shadows on the walls and floor creates a stunning - yet simultaneously eerie - effect.

The name Caten comes from ‘catenary,’ the plane curve formed by a rope hanging between two points. The project was created for the Festival Interstice, supported by Station MIR.

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