C and C outfits Jaume Plensa's "Rui Rui" at the 55th Venice Biennale for Berengo Studio 1989

Venice, Palazzo Franchetti, Art Biennale (June - November 2013)

For the “Glasstress: White Light/White Heat” exhibit – a side event of the 55th Venice Art Biennale - C and C directed the installation of the imposing sculpture “Rui Rui” by artist Jaume Plensa in the garden of Palazzo Franchetti.

Although made in cast iron, the sculpture appears to be a hologram, almost absent notwithstanding its dimensions. The artist captured the face of Rui Rui in silent meditation, eyes closed in a dream. The piece is one chapter in Plensa’s study of the human body – more specifically, the head. He explored his subject on a large scale.

The remarkable size (its height measures 7 metres) and weight (the sculpture is in cast iron) required a special platform. Our studio was requested to design and install it in the garden of the Palazzo. Eventually, we used a brace system that has been explored and discussed with the artist’s team of engineers.

At night, the lighting devised by light designer Vincenzo Raponi projects the silhouette of the figure onto the walls of the Palazzo.

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