Acting as a mix between an illusion, a landscape, and an object, this reflective undulating structure challenges visitors by bending and distorting their reflections. Like a hall of mirrors, it blurs the line between two-dimensional and three-dimensional space to accentuate uncertainly and ambiguity. Called "Your Reflection" and designed by Chilean architects Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa Soler, the installation has won Chile's 2015 Young Architects Program (YAP) and was recently inaugurated in Santiago.
The undulating structure meanders through the grassy plot to envelops visitors and make them a part of the entire experience. It is composed of three bi-dimensional mirrored steel, self-supporting planes which form a series of inside-outside spaces structured using concavities and convexities. The planes are 3.2-meters-high and only 40-millimeters-thick, with minimal anchoring points to hold them in place.
“We wanted to build an uncertain experience, a situation of estrangement, one which we do not intend on controlling, as the possibilities of reflection and deformation provoked by the concave and convex mirrored steel bi-dimensional planes are infinite, as we moved through it.”
The installation references a project by Jose Antonio Coderch built in Barcelona between 1980 and 1984. The curves and counter-curves generate a universe of reflections, multiplications and deformations, reminiscent of Francis Bacon portraits.