After working for 15 years for some of the most influential architects and artists in Paris and Los Angeles, Cyril Lancelin decided to create his own creative studio, Town and Concrete, in 2016. Combining technology, architecture and contemporary art, he wants to bring viewers into his digital world, blurring the boundaries between real and virtual. Today his installations are exhibited all over the world.
With the help of parametric tools, he uses a vocabulary of classical shapes and volumetric spaces that are essential for creating unique structures. In his vision, the forms are used on an architectural scale to create an experimental art. All the strength of his work lies in the total immersion of the public in his often monumental installations and most of the time in the form of inflatable structures.
This is the case with his Knot installation, presented in Hangzhou, China. This large-scale installation was based on a knitted knot: the clover knot. This is obtained by joining the two ends of a single node, which creates a knotted loop. Cyril Lancelin wanted to juxtapose several nodes and add a continuous and closed line that connects them. The variety of loops allows the installation to offer various explorations and its pink color detaches it from its environment. Knot has thus confronted the public with a labyrinth and the visitor's own image. A true architectural experience to live inside but also outside and from all angles.
Among his favourite forms, we find the sphere that he worked through his Globe Sphere sculpture in Krakow, Poland. A giant stainless steel sphere, 3.20 m in diameter, composed of hundreds of small spheres. The French artist used parametric tools to design this impressive work. The sphere is also the key element of his installation that took place at the MR80 Gallery in Paris. His immersive sculptures have absorbed the visitor into a world made of multiple colored spheres. Unusual structures that, in addition to being aesthetically surprising, allow the public to enjoy an unusual experience.
We head to the United States now, with two unusual inflatable structures. Designed for the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, Pyramid Sphere and Pyramid Tube are constructed of nylon and connect Cyril Lancelin's work to the artificial cityscape. These two giant and geometric pink pyramids do not go unnoticed. Pyramid Sphere is pierced by several cylindrical openings that intersect. Composed of hundreds of inflatable balloons of the same size juxtaposed and randomly distributed, this structure captures the light and allows the public to experience both the matter and the form. Pyramid Tube is created by several tubes placed in different directions inside a pyramid, in the manner of a giant mikado. Visitors can enter and cross the pyramid and discover multiple views of the interior and exterior. With more than two works to admire, it's a super place to experience...
The pink is complemented by yellow and blue with Inner Circles, another installation made of inflatable structures that moved to Cleveland. Here, circles, spirals and sinusoidal trajectories reign supreme. Each angle of view brings a new perspective based on the curves. Circles mix, stick together, spirals are formed in both directions, horizontal and vertical. These sculptures by Cyril Lancelin play with the landscape, encompass the trees and blend into the park. They create an artificial landscape that merges with the garden. The works and the natural landscape echo each other, hiding or revealing one other. The bright colors highlight the vegetation. The public is led into entering this colorful landscape and strong geometric language. During the day, the sun draws curves on the ground, while at night, structures light up, illuminating the garden and further transforming the perception of these achievements.
So many immersive and playful works of art whose architectural dimension is reflected by the different scales and the play building aspect.