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Raphael Hefti's “My elastic eye”

Mattenhof has an iconic artwork in the shape of “My elastic eye”.
“My elastic eye” adds a sensual quality to the architecture.

Raphael Hefti's new work for the Mattenhof in Lucerne South can probably be described as a cosmological natural event rather than a man-made work. Because “My elastic eye" confronts the viewer like no other work with our position within the solar system. Countless microscopically small glass beads were applied to a specially developed floor covering, which refract the sunlight into the spectral colors and thus set a holographic, circular rainbow aside the observer's shadow. The sun is constitutive for the shaping of the artistic intervention, it accompanies our shadow with
every step through the area. The reception of the work is an extremely intimate one - the effect is only visible to the beholder himself, the colored wreath at head height of the viewer remains hidden from others. This is countered by the design of the sculpture: the application of the material takes place in concentric circular paths that extend over the entire surface of the area. Thus, Hefti’s intervention unites the various buildings, squares and angles of the quarter into a place for shared experiences and expands the architecture by a sensual factor.

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