Qwalala | Pae White

12 May 2017 – 30 Nov 2017

Le Stanze del Vetro

Veneto, Italy


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On 12 May 2017, to coincide with the 57 in the International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Qwalala, a new monumental sculpture created by American artist Pae White, is scheduled to open on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.


Qwalala is the second temporary installation (after Glass Tea House Mondrian Hiroshi Sugimoto) to be commissioned by ROOMS OF GLASS. The American artist Pae White consists of a curved wall made of thousands of "bars" of glass handmade in Veneto. 75 meters long and 2.4 meters high, the work will occupy the entire area in front ROOMS OF GLASS. The title of the installation, Qwalala, is a term coined by the Pomo tribe of Native Americans and references the meandering course of the Gualala River in Northern California that the work wants to draw, both in its structure in the layout.

About half of the bricks will clear glass while the remaining will be a flurry of 26 different colors. From a distance, these bricks will create an abstract pattern, painting, and to have a closer look will reveal a myriad of details. The layout and the color scheme were selected by the artist from thousands of random combinations computer-generated using software designed specifically for the project. Apparently simple in form, the wall explores the limits of the glass as a construction material and demonstrates the interest of Pae White in combining common materials and technologies, traditional craftsmanship and advanced engineering, and to use the manufacturing industry to challenge the limits of each of them. The result can be interpreted both as a sculpture that evokes the architecture is the opposite, as architecture that evokes the sculpture.

The project will be accompanied by a book published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig.

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