Audemars Piguet uses Art Basel in Miami to show its creative side

Audemars Piguet will unveil a two-storey floating structure with a reflective rooftop pool as the centrepiece of its activity at Art Basel 2017 in Miami.

The tranquil installation, designed by artist Lars Jan, has a lower level populated with a series of minimalist building-like sculptures that rise and fall through the upper and lower decks on mechanical lifts.

Visitors will be invited off the main passageways to view further floating buildings through glass windows, a series of light boxes, and a film featuring captivating images of a building deluged in the ocean.

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Completing the journey, visitors will be led up a stairway and onto the upper deck, where they will find a reflective pool of water, covering the roof of the labyrinth.

Through a series of apertures, the floating buildings will appear to breach the surface, or to sink below it. A full miniature skyline will emerge, echoing the buildings lining the Miami Beach shore.

 

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The artist, Lars Jan, says: “Audemars Piguet has been a unique and surprising collaborator not only in terms of the generosity of resources and the supportive working relationship we’ve had from the start, but also for the freedom they’ve given me to realise my vision for the commission.”

The Miami Beach commission will open its doors to guests from December 7-10.

It is the second year that Audemars Piguet has partnered with the contemporary art event. Last year the watchmaker presented Sun Xun’s ‘Reconstruction of the Universe’ on the Oceanfront.

The Audemars Piguet Art Commission supports artists in the creation of works of exceptional complexity and precision.

 

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