Situated close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif is an architectural fortress created by Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi. Entitled Gharfa, the experiential pavilion was built out of wire mesh and cork in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. It is the first work completed by Tresoldi’s new interdisciplinary lab Studio Studio Studio and his largest wire-mesh sculpture to date. Combining sound, landscaping and projection, Gharfa creates a multidisciplinary environment that draws from and respects Riyadh’s rich history and architectural culture.
Inspired by the local ruins, the site-specific installation explores the relationship between man, landscape and architecture. “The use of the cork expresses a contemporary interpretation of the local ruins,” Studio Studio Studio said to Dezeen. “The medium’s scenic characteristic is not hidden, but proudly exhibited within a general theatrical approach.” The delicate features of Arabian style decor are also reimagined in a contemporary context.
Blurring the line between reality and illusion, Alberonero’s semi-transparent fabric-based installation, entitled Duna, explores space as a place in which one can disappear, while Max Magaldi’s sound narrations allow visitors to experience their own personal audio “mix.” Elsewhere, a video installation within the space recreates fire, which contrasts with a sky made out of artificial clouds and Matteo Foschi’s green installation.
Gartha’s presence in Riyadh emphasizes the developments that have been occurring within the country, as more museums and cultural institutions open up to the public. Take a closer look at the installation above and check out more projects from Tresoldi on Studio Studio Studio’s website.
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STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO ◈ G H A R F A ══════ Chapter 2 Shine Through ══════ @edoardotresoldiofficial @alberonero_ @max_magaldi @matteo_foschi_ / @oddgarden ══════ Temporary installation Diriyah Oasis Designed and curated by Designlab Experience ══════ Gharfa stages the intimate relationship between man, landscape and architecture through the reinterpretation of the human relationship with cultural archetypes. Visitors experience a theatrical world where technique, reality, and illusion are all intertwined. The complexity brought by the involvement of Arabian style decor, often characterized by symmetrical yet delicate features, gets sublimated by Edoardo Tresoldi and Matteo Foschi’s green installation, in which the greenery is made to intertwine with industrial materials. ══════ Ph. @ilcontephotography ══════ #STUDIOSTUDIOSTUDIO #STSTST #GHARFA #EdoardoTresoldi #Alberonero #MaxMagaldi #MatteoFoschi #OddGarden #DesignLabExperience #DiriyahOasis #Riyadh #SaudiArabia #ArtInstallation #Art #ContemporaryArt #Architecture
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STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO ◈ G H A R F A ══════ Chapter 1 Light up ══════ @edoardotresoldiofficial @alberonero_ @max_magaldi @matteo_foschi_ / @oddgarden ══════ Diriyah Oasis Designed and curated by Designlab Experience ══════ By creating a multi-disciplinary environment through the interplay of digital and analog, anthropic and natural, geometric and organic, Gharfa shapes an expressive experience that first shatters and then restores the thin line between collective imagination, individual imagery, and narrative fiction. In the installation by Edoardo Tresoldi, the use of a carpet acts as a counterpart to a sky made of artificial clouds, suggesting a metaphorical connection between traditional and contemporary worlds. ══════ Ph. @ilcontephotography ══════ #STUDIOSTUDIOSTUDIO #STSTST #GHARFA #EdoardoTresoldi #Alberonero #MaxMagaldi #MatteoFoschi #OddGarden #DesignLabExperience #DiriyahOasis #Riyadh #SaudiArabia