(Not) Hanging structures Collection, Volume II
In our first volume of hanging structures we deepened in how mobiles can be used as a study of new techniques or as an element to give more verticality to our homes. But, in other cases mobiles don’t hang from the ceiling, they came up from the floor and play with the wind. It’s the case of “The wind’s toys”; the giant structures of César Manrique in the island of Lanzarote (Spain).
The toys of the wind are a recovery and renewal action of the old windmills of the island creating a conversation with the nature through the wind.
The work and the style of the author, present all around the island, is like a communion between the past and the present mixing the aesthetic currents of the 70’s and the 80’s with shining lime trees and dark volcanic rock. For the maintain the traditional aesthetic of the island, his constructions emerge in a fluid way through tunnels and caves created by the lava of the eruptions creating the landscape of Lanzarote.
The toys of the wind is a collection of solid, heavy and colored iron sculptures that moves in a subtle and ethereal way with the wind and warm air. The collection of the toys have a mix of forms and colors all inspired in the 70’s. Some of those are rounded and metallic rotating inside each other while others are angular and colorful rotating on its own axis. Manrique founds the balance of the pieces experimenting with weights and counterweights.
The designer imagined and built new forms of mobiles as a huge iron structures apparently heavy and rigid moving smoothly and adding a touch of color to the dark volcanic rock.
A daring and successful stake totally integrated into a brutal and natural landscape.