AboutIniva presents artist Ansuman Biswas's Gnomon, a site-specific installation in at the Stuart Hall Library at Rivington Place, and the highlight of August's architecture tour. The work responds to the unique architecture of the building and sits nestled within the Library's window alcoves.
Light boxes incorporate kinetic elements which echo the lines and angles of the building and bookshelves. Shadow forms subtly respond to the breath and heat of the readers who animate the space. The installation reflects the flow of information and energy within the building.
The artist has imagined the building as an observatory. Many of the first buildings were tools for understanding the cosmos; Stonehenge, Jantar Mantar and Macchu Picchu were designed to locate one-self in the heavens. They stood amongst constantly changing angles of light, caught in the intersection of the human and the more-than-human environment. Similarly, Rivington Place was designed in relation to the sun.
Rivington Place, designed by leading architect David Adjaye, opened to the public in 2007 and was awarded RIBA 'Award for London' in 2008. Join us for a free tour of the building on Thursday 5 August at 1pm to learn about its unusual design aspects, see the exhibitions spaces, education space and Stuart Hall Library, as well as areas which are usually off limits.