A monastic cloister garden may seem like no place for contemporary art, but Atelier YokYok’s recent art installation is evidence to the contrary. The Paris-based studio created the Les Voûtes Filantes (The Shooting Vaults), a series of arched string tunnels placed inside a 16th-century cloister garden at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Cahors, France. The see-through tunnels were installed overtop the existing pathways and woven out of taut electric-blue strings.
The four enclosed string tunnels run diagonally from the corners of the garden to the central circular garden that’s framed on four sides by a string fence. The strings are attached to thin metal arches placed on either end of each path. The different arch shapes were inspired by the cathedral’s Gothic architecture and include a quadrant arch, semicircular arch, ogee arch, and a lancet arch.
The rows of taut strings create a sense of enclosure, however the slight gaps between the strings make the tunnels semi-transparent and preserves sightlines of the cloister garden pathways and landscaping. “Arcs of all origins are linked to one another by a colourful woven structure that performs with light and mystery, revealing a light, dematerialised architecture,” said Atelier YokYok to Dezeen. Les Voûtes Filantes will be on show until the end of this month and is one of three winning projects in the 2015 Cahors’ landscape garden competition.
Images via Atelier YokYok