Solo show at Halle Nord, Geneva
«Candy Island» is an installation I made for Halle Nord, an art center in Geneva. It offered an immersive experience to the public by letting them discover its colored interior of stained glass windows made out of sugar, backlit by neon
lights in the manner of a light box.
The shape of the construction and the landscape represented by the stained
glass windows were inspired by the Rousseau Island, located near the MontBlanc bridge in Geneva. This island is an in-between space : a «natural» haven of peace with its trees and birds, but disturbed by the large luminous signs, stores and cars which circulate incessantly on the Mont-Blanc bridge. It is also an emblematic place in Geneva, which owes its existence to the fortification of the city’s lake entrance five centuries ago.
These elements were treated through the following choices of materials: the Isomalt sugar that looks like glass, combined with neon lights that imitate the light of day, giving an impression of natural light even though the installation is in fact a big light box. Together they create a feeling of illusion and disorientation in a space that represents a «natural» landscape, illustrating the harmony of the island, but also bringing to mind popular
tales like Hänsel and Gretel.