Paris department store Le Bon Marché is known for commissioning artists to rework its interior, with Edoardo Tresoldi hanging traditional Italian buildings in the space last year. The latest artist to take on the project is Leandro Erlich, an Argentinian conceptual artist.
Erlich’s installation sees him use an optical illusion to give the impression that the department store’s escalators are tied in a knot. As well as the escalator sculpture, Erlich has also added projections of cloud formations onto a large screen beneath the glass ceiling and placed cloud-like shapes into the windows. Describing the project, Erlich explained that he chose to work with the escalators and windows as they were “the emblematic elements of this place.”