Design practice NEON recently installed House of Mirrors, a temporary art installation designed for Australia's annual Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi Beach. The pavilion was created as a reinterpretation of the traditional Australian beach hut, which is usually built to stand out in the landscape; in contrast, the House of Mirrors was designed to disappear into the environment. The cuboid volume comprises stacked gabion cages and a central cluster of mirror-finished steel.
Commissioned as part of the Sculpture by the Sea event, the House of Mirrors was installed alongside over a hundred other unique sculptures on the stunning coastline between Bondi and Tamarama. The site-specific installation blurs the line between the built and natural environment and offers visitors a different perspective of Bondi Beach. Whereas the transparent parts of the gabion cage help camouflage the structure, the mirrored steel panels create an unexpected kaleidoscope of views that emphasize the ephemeral nature of the surrounding environment.
“The House of Mirrors creates a magical experience for visitors to Bondi. It is a house that isn’t quite there; it allows you to sit within it, soaking in the environment in plain sight of everybody whilst simultaneously remaining completely hidden,” writes NEON. “It is a place for sitting, relaxing and contemplating the unique environment that is Bondi Beach.” Shortly after the completion of the House of Mirrors, NEON was awarded an Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation to replicate their project at the 2015 Sculpture by the Sea event in Cottesloe, Western Australia.
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