Chromatic Symphony in Madrid
Location: Clorofila Digital
Completion Date: 2016/2017
Landscape Design and project: Claudia Bonollo (architect, eco-designer Colour Consultant)
Photographer: Ismael Arriola Cano/Denis Broduriès
Client: Clorofila Digital
If during a concert we had the chance to observe air while it simultaneously vibrates influenced by voices and instruments, with great wonder we would see colours setting up and moving in it.
It’s been some years now that we periodically create a series of ephemeral installations with organic elements for the Clorofila Digital Showroom, a company specialized in high-definition digital impressions which acts also as an art gallery and organizes a couple of international artistic events every year.
The space at our disposal is one of the two main windows of the company, the one introducing to the main entrance. It’s an open irregular prism closed by two crystal walls. In this area we can experiment and explore in complete freedom all the compositional, chromatic and sensorial possibilities to be included inside a garden. Wonder and contemplative peace enacted by our organic installations make the audience particularly receptive and well-disposed, in a setting where perfumes, colours and sounds do match.
After having completed our first multi-sensorial installations that combined natural landscapes with new technologies - creating gardens enlightened by suspended planets and light-boxes with flowers and preserved plants - and after having researched the theme of a seasonal garden, our last thematic landscapes find their inspiration in art.
Our last creation - CHROMATIC SYMPHONY - is a dreamlike garden that analyses multiple relations between COLOUR and SOUND.
There is a symmetrical relation between sound and colour. The music that goes along with colour can be found in the artistic works of Scriabin, Schoenberg and Stravinsky, and so the relation between painting and music permeates the works by Kandinsky and Klee.
The two phenomena have a common origin and present surprising affinities. Both phenomena are regulated by the same laws and metrics. Both originate from vibrations that spread in space with an undulating movement and their measurement even if expressed in a different way (…) has the same basis (…), the relation of the frequency in a spectrum is identical to that of musical frequencies.
When we talk about this relation we unwittingly refer to a phenomenon called SYNAESTHESIA, from the Greek syn-sisthomai: to perceive simultaneously.
We have always related colour. All our gardens and organic installations are borne out of a deep interest in colour and its invisible harmonies. Our compositions do not only include the colours of moss, leaves and flowers but also reflect the way they relate with the environment and space. They are actually empathic spaces where each colour becomes an emotion. As the great painter Yves Klein said: “Colours are the true inhabitants of space. The line can only travel and cross it, it only goes by.”
Our aim is thus the creation of "dreamlike landscapes” that change and redefine spaces. They are continuous metamorphoses that disorientate and amaze, immersing the onlooker in magical atmospheres that explore hidden dimensions behind the green surfaces and the colour of leaves and flowers.
By means of a set of wavy mirrors representing out of scale sinuous rivers, placed and partly hidden among the garden’s sensual reliefs, what is “elsewhere” is included inside the installation. Unobtrusive lightning with little spots set in place in strategic areas, helps to define a landscape in becoming. All the mirrored images change continuously revealing amazing and ephemeral visual alchemies.
One can perceive thus a hidden reality, shaped by a kaleidoscopic mosaic of transitory appearances and then, once that the image and landscape have been altered, the audience will see a reproduction with a new and different visual dimension. The public contemplates views of a mirrored world, like Alice in Wonderland, the protagonist of Lewis Carroll's famous story, living in another reality through the looking glass. As the plan behind our gardens actually is to show not only what is visible but to refer to and show what is not yet.