Contemporary Art Installations by Cao | Perrot Studio in the USA and France sparkle with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
Cloud Terrace: Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, Washington DC, United States
On April 5, 2012, a contemporary art installation entitled Cloud Terrace by artists Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot of Cao | Perrot Studio, with JP Paull of Bodega Architecture, was inaugurated. The historic estate of Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, Washington DC, now a Harvard University institute supporting garden design and landscape architecture, among other studies, is set to host an extraordinary artistic collaboration on its Arbor Terrace. The terrace is a bright pot garden centered on a Rococo-style parterre with low, Doria stone parapet walls. The Cao | Perrot installation animates the space inside the parterre with an oval pool surrounded by green glass pebbles. Suspended above the terrace is a dramatic hand-sculpted, wire mesh cloud embellished with 10,000 glistening water-drop crystals provided by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, mirrored in a reflecting pool. Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot introduced their work at an Artist’s Talk on Thursday, April 5, at 5.30pm in the Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks.
Landscape Creations: White Dome and Red Bowl in Beauvais, France
From May to September 2012, the city of Beauvais, France, will also be hosting two installations by Cao and Perrot, the White Dome and Red Bowl, which explore the history and symbolic value of two ancient cultural landmarks: the newly restored Saint Lazare Hospital, a unique example of 12th and 13th-century French architecture; and the elegant 11th century ruins of the church of St Barthélemy. It will be a meeting place that stimulates the imagination, encouraging visitors to see the city afresh through its history, architecture, landscapes and culture.
Cao and Perrot will be creating the White Dome for St Barthélemy - a shimmering, dome-like cupola composed of thousands of clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS suspended on a curtain of transparent fishing lines from the soaring ceiling of the church’s chancel. It will resemble a shower of light that symbolizes the purification of the soul. The ground beneath will consist of a living, growing carpet of new shoots of wheat sown in clay, illustrating the transformative effect of regeneration.
Meanwhile, at the medieval leper colony of Maladrerie Saint-Lazare, visitors will have the chance to admire the Red Bowl, by walking across a pond whose surface consists of startlingly luxuriant, green duckweed, towards a hemisphere of 5,000 balls of red glass held aloft by slender metal rods. The idea was inspired by the biblical theme of the anointing of the cured lepers.
Through contemplative and experimental projects that defy categorisation, this duo gives expression to extraordinary new ideas using components ranging from everyday materials to light-reflective SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Whether it is the 600-acre Guangming Central Park in Shenzhen, China, or a small courtyard installation for the Paris-based fashion house Kenzo, Cao and Perrot are equally comfortable and, quite simply, in a class of their own.