Tsvetnoy Central Market, Moscow, Russia
Five mirror sculptures, each 12 metres high, slowly rotate in the atrium of Tsvetnoy Central Market. The Tetrascopes — fusions of tetrahedron and kaleidoscope — turn on their own axes at different speeds and propagate the surrounding space in the form of complex reflections. The dynamic interplay between the sculptures and the space produces deconstructivist images in a permanent flow that engenders a unique, individual experience of the space based on the specific light conditions, the processes unfolding in the atrium, the viewer’s perspective and the ever-changing configurations of the rotating Tetrascopes.
The sculptures’ steel skeletons are all identical. Mirror facets are attached to the steel frames but do not cover them entirely; the elongated triangular structures have voids, or openings. Two Tetrascopes are suspended from their tips, while the tips of the other three point downward. Motors attached to the ceiling move all five sculptures.
The complex perspectives of the space rendered through the reflections are difficult to decode. Looking up into a Tetrascope from below, a perspective from which the Tetrascopes are very reminiscent of kaleidoscopes, the view is of the seemingly infinite.
Despite the size of the sculptures, the installation does not look monumental. Views from all six upper floors and the ground floor provide a vast spectrum of spatial perspectives.