Many of us are guilty of letting old CDs and DVDs collect dust in our closets, but one community had the smart idea of repurposing their used CDs into a low-budget, highly reflective and beautiful public art project. Built at the entrance of the Sea Garden public park in Varna, Bulgaria, Mirror Culture is a giant shimmering curtain constructed out of 6,000 donated CDs fastened onto a custom knitted fishing net. The project was led by Borislav Ignatov of Ignatov Architects, who describes the artistic collection as a "literal reflection and recording of our time.”
As the installation is set into motion by the wind, Mirror Culture’s CDs flash and shimmer like iridescent fish scales. At night, the CD curtain transforms into a metallic blanket with rainbow patterns of reflected light. The art project was constructed with the help of 128 volunteers and seen by over 50,000 visitors in the summer after its installation. Funded by a grant from the city of Varna, Mirror Culture was created as part of the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2019. The jury, which was impressed by the community art project, shortlisted Varna as a competition contender in December of last year.
After Mirror Culture was taken down last summer, 500 CDs were sold as signed souvenirs. The remaining CDs are currently kept in storage and will be set up again next summer in a new kind of art installation.
Images via Ignatov Architects