Barber and Osgerby‘s vast kinetic sculpture Double Space has been unveiled in the Victoria & Albert Museum‘s (V&A) Raphael Gallery. It comprises two curved fins that span the entire gallery ceiling. They rotate, reflecting and distorting the artworks and the gallery space beneath to create an immersive experience for the viewer.
Jay Osgerby, co-founder of Barber & Osgerby, told onofice that the duo had never worked on an installation of this scale before.
“Ed and I were sitting here last night really exhausted in the corner [of the gallery] just watching the world turn around in front of our eyes,” he said.
“There’s a little fine tuning [to be done], but in terms of the structure it’s all there and we’re thrilled with it. It’s really exciting because it’s free [for people to visit] and it’s fast [moving]. Much of our work is constrained, so it’s really nice to do something that’s about getting kids involved.”
Edward Barber, fellow founder of the the studio, explained that the fins turn at a rate of one revolution per five minutes.
“It will stop in certain positions then start again,” he said. “It’s totally random, so you may walk in and think ‘wow, a mirrored ceiling’, and if you don’t know anything about it you may leave believing that, but suddenly the thing will start to move and, every time, it’ll be a different movement.”
Barber and Osgerby will present their designs for the £15bn Crossrail trains in December this year.