Austerlitz +

Fisheye – Paris
This temporary installation was created as part of the Festival des Architectures Vives, on the site of the Magasins Généraux of the city of Paris, prior to their rehabilitation. It takes the form of spherical mirrors floating on the water’s surface. On clear days, they mingle with the brilliant folds of the Seine’s waves which recall rumpled aluminium foil. Under overcast skies, they interact in dark and murky waters to expose inverted reflections of the facades that line the waterfront. Fisheye is a plastic installation that plays on the contrasts upon the ambiguous surface of the Seine, alternately dark, mirrored or rippling. It is composed of a cluster of curved mirrors, similar to those which usually dot parking exits and supermarket ceilings. These objects, divested of their primary function, no longer reflect clients or cars but a panoramic image of docks, barges and visitors who suddenly encounter their distorted image in the river’s troubled waters. The installation can be interpreted on the basis of an impression of the critical hijacking of security objects or inversely, on the observation of an open structure in perpetual recomposition.
Program Architectural installation
Client Association A-pack
Architects Muoto & Gaël Queau
Year 2006