Man at His Best

COS and Studio Swine invites you to visit their six metres sculpture installation

Constructed nearly entirely from recycled aluminum.

BY editors | Apr 4, 2017 | Arts

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Any chance you’ll be stopping by Milan this week? If you are, head to Salone del Mobile to check out the COS x Studio Swine installation. If not, we have a preview for you to check out, a virtual one obviously.

COS has partnered with Studio Swine, a collaboration between Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves to create an immersive, multi-sensory installation entitled New Spring, placed in the decommissioned former theatre, Cinema Arti, in central Milan. The focal sculpture reaches six metres in height and is nearly entirely constructed from recycled aluminum. The sculpture emits mist-filled blossoms that burst when in contact with the skin, but stays put when it touches textured fabrics.

(L-R) Karin Gustafsson, creative director of COS; Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine. (All images courtesy of COS)

The artistic duo were inspired by Milan’s art and design history, and said, “We were immediately drawn to the Murano chandeliers housed in private Milanese palazzos and, by contrast, the tradition of modernist Italian design–these helped inform the central structure of New Spring. With a desire to create a communal experience, another key reference for us became Italy’s public fountains, one of the country’s greatest luxuries.” Other inspiration for its physical surrounds includes paying homage to Kurosawa’s blossom scene in Seven Samurai (1954) and the candelabra scene in Fellini’s Casanova (1976).

The COS x Studio Swine installation will be open from the 4th–9th April 2017 at Cinema Arti, Via Pietro Mascagni, 8, 20122 Milan.