In 20 Steps

The spatial kinetic installation In 20 Steps, by DRIFT is a tribute to the human desire to be able to fly, despite the force of gravity and the poetry of persistence in the face of adversity. Constructed of 20 delicate glass wings that represent all the different steps of flying in an abstract way.



DRIFT is intrigued by the continuous attempts of humankind to deal with its limitations, so miraculously opposed to nature as some of these ventures might be. Humankind has always had the desire to fully understand nature while attempting to detach itself from earthly ties. No matter how far science has come, some things are likely to remain forever out of reach. 

20 Steps captures flight in a single moment. The glass emphasises the fragility of the movement, and of nature itself. The moving glass breaks the natural light in the space and reflects it in moving rays. Altogether, the glass wings give a skeletal vision, reminding an almost pre-historical depiction of a flying creature.

In 20 Steps, by DRIFT | Images: Glasstress 2015 Gotika, Palazzo Franchetti / Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, Venice. Photography by Juuke Schoorl / Stedelijk Museum. Photography by Gert-Jan van Rooij / Iris van Herpen collaboration. Photography by Paul Blind and Yannis Vlamos

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