Ligne-Flux

Submitted by Pascal Dombis

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Client: French Ministry of Culture,

Location: Strasbourg, France

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $140,000

Project Team

Artist

Pascal Dombis

Architect

Gil Percal

Gil Percal

Industry Resource

Robert JOLY

Macocco

Client

Francine Notton

OPPIC / Ministry of Culture

Overview

The artist Pascal Dombis and the architect Gil Percal have collaborated on a large printed glass public artwork that covers the entire under-face of a footbridge which links 2 buildings of the newly National School of Architecture in Strasbourg (France). Based on line-curve proliferation and random color, the artwork Ligne-Flux produces a vibrant visual effect as one walks under the bridge and offers another kind of mapping in which networks, connections and flows come into play.

Goals

Pascal Dombis and Gil Percal ‘permanent artwork, Ligne-Flux, is a large printed glass under-face of a footbridge, linking 2 buildings of the newly National School of Architecture in Strasbourg (France). The printed pattern is a proliferation of thousands of line-curve shapes, through the use of an organic growth algorithm which makes the line-curve proliferate endlessly and at various scales. It employs randomness in color, so that each line-curve has a unique color, producing a vibrant visual effect as one walks under the bridge. The colors produced are “warm” ones and feel like “natural” colors and they contrast with the monochrome building. The artwork Ligne-Flux creates dynamic spaces that offer another kind of mapping in which networks, connections and flows come into play.
Ligne-Flux operates visually as the virtual energy center of the newly National School of Architecture whose energy flow symbolically radiates on all the surrounding urban space.

Process

The artist Pascal Dombis and the architect Gil Percal collaborates regularly on Public Art projects. Ligne-Flux was commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, part of the 1% scheme under which 1% of any new public building construction budget have to be set for a public artwork creation. Dombis & Percal have worked with French glass processor Macocco. The glass panels are digitally printed with conventional ceramic inks and integrated into a traditional glass temper / lamination process which produce an extremely durable outcome.