Burning Man 2019 – Inspired by an ancient legend of the Black Rock Desert, Fragments monumental installation by Marc Ippon de Ronda was composed by giant gigantic mirrored shards emerging from the sands of Black Rock City in Nevada.
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“This artwork is about the transformation of perception.” Explains Marc Ippon de Ronda. “I want visitors to feel free to climb the pyramid’s steps, to take shelter in the shade of the shards and watch their reflections change in the mirrors.”
Fragments illustrates a mythical tale of the desert: it is said that before the Age of Human Kind, a powerful giant was given a magic mirror by a goddess that allowed him to see into the future. Frightened by what he could foresee he broke the mirror into a thousand fragments which fell from the sky and landed in the desert floor.
The sand and winds blew and the pieces began to emerge as mankind too slowly emerged out of obscurity. When thereafter discovered, the mythical site was employed as a magical place for meditation and wisdom. And it is said that the very first light of sunrise seen from the top of the highest fragment will bring infinite power and knowledge to those that visit the temple.
Born in Paris in 1987, Marc Ippon de Ronda questions space, time and movement through the creation of lights sculptures and abstract installations. “I am fascinated by human perception and the physical and symbolic properties of lights. My work plays around the concepts of visual distortion and the limits between the visible and the invisible, the relative tangibility of reality.” Space and light become matter and medium to his work.
All photos: courtesy of Marc Ippon de Ronda.