The end of Gladyszewski's journey of discovery around a source of ceaseless fascination: Asclepias syriaca, more commonly known as the milkweed pod. Exhaustive research and experimentation with the properties of the pods in their various stages of maturation led to the creation of this large-scale installation which reenacted, in three stages, the 'lifecycle' of the pods as they blossomed and matured.
Entering the space, viewers were invited to initiate the cycle for a pod that they found under the heavy steel lid of a refrigeration chamber (images 2, 3). They could then place it in the incubator (image 4), a heated wooden chamber which warmed the pods and blew the seeds outside. Finally, viewers could wander around the cavernous space, filled with clouds and waves of silk filament and seeds at rest (images 5 & 6).
A meditation on transformation, maturation, and the transience of life's processes, from the thermal exchange of heat, to the birth or rebirth out of our 'shells'.
Studio Stephane g.
- Conception: Stéphane Gladyszewski
- Collaborator: Dominique Gladyszewski
With the support of Imperial Tobacco Arts Council for the development of the Arts.
- Installation: milkweed silk, coton thread, glue.
- Incubateur: Wood, spring steel, heating system.
- Pôle: Wood, refrigerating system, glass bowl, metal.