Inspired by ancient cinema machines, the Rockwell Group asked Audrée L. Larose and Félix Guyon of Larose Guyon to create a distinctive piece of art for the EMC2 Hotel’s lobby in Chicago. The result is an interactive sculpture quickly immersing guests in the realm of mechanical art and science.
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The Quebec design studio revisited the zoetrope, a forerunner to cinema invented in 1834, “We were inspired to create our own new way to animate objects. Forty-four pairs of laser-cut copper wings are arranged inside a large wheel which is cranked by hand. Looking inside while turning the hand crank will give life to an otherwise motionless display.” Explain Audrée L. Larose and Félix Guyon.
The usually cold and inert materials suddenly becomes light and alive. The crank handle, itself a lacework flower, brims with femininity and romanticism. The wings move in three dimensions, leaving the onlooker in awe of such a captivating sight. “This work is a mere reminder that inventions of old are still something to marvel at, if you only let your inner child take over for a little while.” Say the designers.
Larose Guyon, a young business founded a little more than a year ago, designs high-end luminaires and objects, hand-crafted in small volume in Quebec. “We desire to come up with unique and refined pieces, and in their passion for pure creation.” Say Audrée Larose and Félix Guyon.
Based in Verchères, on the outskirts of Montreal, Larose Guyon matches the use of choice materials with a great formal purity to create high-end, original, distinctive items; meticulously crafted down to its finest detail.
All photos by Larose Guyon.